‘The Vax: “Kamo lang anay una,” seems to be the unified response of Ilonggos when asked if they would be willing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The vaccine is expected to arrive later this year, but would there be any willing recipient? According to Jeck Conlu, spokesperson of the Iloilo COVID team, 71% of 9,731 respondents expressed they do not want to get vaccinated.
To date, the Iloilo City Government is exploring ways to persuade people that the upcoming COVID-19 vaccine is safe and beneficial. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas also expressed that he is willing to get vaccinated to ease the safety concerns of the majority.
As part of the local government’s information drive, Ilonggos are encouraged to watch ‘The Vax’, a collection of videos providing substantial information regarding vaccination, its types, safety, side effects, etc. Ilonggos should watch ‘The Vax’ to acquaint themselves with the vaccine. Here are the videos:
- How do vaccines prevent disease?
- What are the different types of vaccines?
- What are the possible effects of vaccination?
- Why do we need to get vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine?
- Why gets the vaccine first?
- Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
- What are the complications when given COVID-19 vaccine?
Watch: Why do we need to get vaccinated with COVID-19 vaccine?
Watch: Are COVID-19 vaccines safe and effective?
What are the complications when given COVID-19 vaccine?
Last January 10, the Iloilo City Government signed a multilateral agreement for the advance purchase of AstraZeneca AZD 1222 vaccines (amounting to USD 3 million). The local government has allotted Php 200 million for the purchase. In an article by the Philippine News Agency, the city is also seeking additional reservations from AstraZeneca, Novavax, and Janssen for 100,000 persons. Read more: Iloilo City to make advance payment for Covid-19 vaccines