Roxas allots P60-M for COVID vaccines

“We have the green light to purchase COVID-19 vaccines for Roxas City residents,” Mayor Ronnie Dadivas said.

Dadivas, in a recent press conference, said the local government unit targets to cover 70 percent of its population for the city to achieve herd immunity or most of its population is immune to an infectious disease.

He said that the city government has allocated P60 million for the vaccines as the city government has been conducting talks with at least three vaccine suppliers to ensure that the locality will be among those who will first obtain the anti-COVID-19 shot.

The budget was approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod in its January 12 regular session.

“Our order of priority will be the frontline healthcare workers, uniformed personnel, social workers, other government frontline workers, senior citizens and indigent residents,” Dadivas said

The mayor is optimistic that the remaining 30 percent population will still be vaccinated through an augmentation from the national government under the Bayanihan To Recover As One Act (Bayanihan) 2.

Those who will be given priority for the vaccine shots will be frontline healthcare workers, uniformed personnel, social workers, government frontline workers, senior citizens, and indigent members of the city. (PIA with a report from Lola Amy Almosa)