Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas, in a social media post, said that there will be no forced vaccination in Iloilo City. However, Treñas affirms that everyone is included, and the vaccine will be made available to all.
“The Iloilo City Government wants to ensure that our vaccination process will be effective so I called our barangay representatives and district doctors to ask for inputs on how we conduct the immunization. We will not force anyone to be vaccinated, but we made sure that everyone will be included and the vaccine will be available for the safety of the community,” an excerpt from the social media post of Mayor Treñas.
No forced vaccination in Iloilo City: It may be recalled that the Iloilo city and province recently signed multilateral agreements to purchase vaccines against COVID-19. In an article published by the Philippine Information Agency, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas said that the signing of the agreement was made possible due to the support of the national government via Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez and Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Read more: Iloilo City, Province Signs Agreement to Purchase COVID Vaccine.
The agreement was signed by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Philippines, Inc. represented by country president Lotis Ramin, the national government by Secretary Galvez and Secretary Duque, and the provincial government. The local government will purchase 600,000 doses for a total purchase price of USD 3,000,000 while the province will initially purchase 270,000 doses with a total purchase price of USD 1,350,000.