Vaccine for Iloilo: The Iloilo City Government has always been fervent in its efforts to protect residents against the ongoing pandemic. It may be recalled that Iloilo city, together with the Province, signed multilateral agreements to purchase vaccines against COVID-19. According to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, the signing of the agreement was made possible with the support of Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
Moreover, in a recent update, Mayor Treñas reveals that Johnson and Johnson has presented a proposal to provide additional vaccines to Iloilo City. The company can allocate Janssen vaccine on the third or fourth quarter of the year upon the approval of the Inter-Agency Task Force. Johnson and Johnson vaccine’s effectiveness rate is 66% in the global trial.
“Providing immunity from Covid-19 for our residents is very important. We must prepare to immunize our residents in a long term goal. It can be given in a single dose and stored in normal refrigerators that meant it will be easier to distribute to safeguard our fellow Ilonggos. We will coordinate closely with the National IATF so we can discuss the procurement process,” states Treñas in a social media post.
Vaccine for Inmates. The City Government will also vaccinate all Bureau of Jail Management and Penology personnel and persons deprived of liberty as part of the goal to immunize both residents and non-residents staying in Iloilo.
“A spike of cases was recorded in the past from their area, and to prevent this incident from happening again, we will be providing them with vaccines once it is available. Office personnel visited my office today to submit the list of beneficiaries,”says Treñas.