Pasig City eyes to begin COVID-19 vaccination of medical frontliners as early as February

  • Pasig City is ready to vaccinate its medical frontliners against COVID-19 as early as February
  • Mayor Vico Sotto said they are coordinating with vaccine manufacturers, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 (IATF)
  • After the medical frontliners, the next in line are the senior citizens and the persons with disabilities (PWD)

The local government of Pasig City is ready to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination program by February.

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Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto said they will soon be ready to give “a couple of thousand” COVID-19 vaccines to medical frontliners as early as February. Currently, there is still no vaccine approved by the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) for use in the Philippines, although it has been reported that some members of the military and the Presidential Security Group (PSG) have received a dose of a yet unauthorized COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayor Vico said they are coordinating with vaccine manufacturers, the Department of Health (DOH) and the Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19 (IATF) for its vaccination program.

“For medical frontliners, we can expect it as soon as February. This is for medical frontliners… a couple of thousand…that’s what we’re working on right now,” Sotto told ANC’s Market Edge.

“We’re ready, we’re in talks right now. It’s probably premature to mention a particular brand, but we’re looking at studies,” he added.

Mayor Vico said that after the medical frontliners, next in line who will be prioritized are the senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

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Earlier, Pasig announced that it has allocated a budget of P300-million for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines. Mayor Vico assured that once the vaccines are available, they can still source out more funds.

He said, “We do have the funds. But right now, when I say P300 million that’s the amount that’s actually in our appropriation ordinance already, but we can easily realign more funds as we see that there are supplies available.”