While the country is currently speculating and holding off investigations on the alleged illegal COVID-19 vaccinations of the president’s security group, various cities across the Philippines are taking a proactive approach and securing vaccines for their citizens.
Local chief executives in the National Capital Region and other nearby cities, in particular, have ramped up their plans in the procurement and administration of the vaccine. (Read: How Effective is China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 Vaccine?)
Here are the LGUs that have announced their plans for free COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID-19 Vaccination: Caloocan City
The local government of Caloocan City has allocated an initial P125 million budget to buy COVID-19 vaccines that will be administered for free to its citizens, Mayor Oscar Malapitan said. The LGU says they have long been coordinating with pharmaceutical companies to gain access to Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccination: Manila City
Last year, the city government of Manila has launched an online portal for Manileños to sign up and pre-register for the planned free COVID-19 vaccine. Around P250 million of the city’s budget will be allocated for the free inoculation for the residents of Manila. Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso said that the city has already signed a nondisclosure agreement with Pfizer and AstraZeneca.
COVID-19 Vaccination: Makati City
Aiming for 100% vaccination in the city, the Makati city government has announced its allocation of 1 billion in 2021 for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines that would be administered to all residents for free. Mayor Abby Binay said that they are in close coordination with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and the Inter-agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF-EID) to finalize details of the mass vaccination. (Read: Makati City Gives Out Flash Drives With Blended Learning Materials)
COVID-19 Vaccination: San Juan City
San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora has announced that residents of San Juan can now register online for free COVID-19 vaccination. They can also pre-register in their respective barangay halls or health centers. The city government has allocated around P50 million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.
COVID-19 Vaccination: Taguig City
A P1 billion fund was allocated in Taguig City to purchase COVID-19 vaccines to be given for free to the city’s residents. The Public Information Office said that the city’s Mayor Lino Cayetano wanted to ensure that every citizen has access to the free COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available. (Read: Doctors Warn About Side Effects of COVID-19 Vaccine)
COVID-19 Vaccination: Pasay City
Pasay City is also gunning for free vaccination of around 275,000 constituents and has allotted P250 million to procure the vaccine. According to Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, the city aims to vaccinate approximately 275,000 persons.