- Marikina City has set aside over P6 million as indemnity fund for individuals who will experience covid vaccine side effects
- Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro said this is to boost the confidence of the residents to get the vaccine
- He said the fund was sourced from grants and donations received and will not affect the city’s budget for vaccine procurement
The local government of Marikina City has set aside P5-P6 million as initial budget for those individuals who will experience side effects from the COVID-19 vaccine.
In a bid to boost the confidence of residents to get the covid vaccine, Marikina Mayor Marcy Teodoro has allocated a compensation fund for those who will bear side effects after getting the vaccine. Mayor Marcy explained in a report by CNN, “This is for financial and medical assistance kung sakali man magkaroon ng adverse reactions.”
Residents who experience a certain reaction after getting the vaccine will be taken to ho
spitals as ambulances are stationed in different areas across the city.
Mayor Marcy told the Inquirer that they didn’t set a maximum amount of compensation for each person as the expenses will depend on the severity of the medical condition.
The Marikina Mayor also clarified that the indemnity fund was sourced from grants and donations received by the Office of the City Mayor. He assured that the budget will not be deducted from Marikina’s P82.7-million fund for vaccine procurement.
To ensure an organized roll out of the city’s vaccination program, Mayor Marcy has signed an executive order (EO) creating a task force that will oversee it.
Aside from city department heads and other city officials, the team will be also made up of practicing medical professionals with expertise in pulmonology, virology, oncology, cardiology, molecular biology, and infec
tious diseases who will lead the assessment of the vaccines’ effectiveness.