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  • Manila And Makati Announce Free COVID-19 Vaccines For Its Residents

    Local government units are stepping up.
    by Kitty Elicay .
Manila And Makati Announce Free COVID-19 Vaccines For Its Residents
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  • The cities of Makati and Manila will be providing free COVID-19 vaccines for all its residents and is working to procure the vaccines as early as possible.

    Makati Mayor Abby Binay made the announcement earlier today, January 4, 2021. On her Twitter account, Mayor Binay posted that their local government has allocated Php1 Billion for the procurement of the coronavirus vaccines.

    “Libreng COVID-19 vaccine para sa lahat ng #ProudMakatizens. Naglaan kami ng P1 Billion para tiyakin na walang gagastusin ang bawat Makatizen na mabibigyan ng bakuna. Libre. Ligtas. Para sa lahat,” she wrote.

    In an official statement, the Mayor also said that getting the vaccines is the city’s number one priority for 2021. “I want each and every Makatizen to receive both doses of the coronavirus vaccine for free to protect them and their families against the virus,” Binay said.

    City officials are coordinating with vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., for the procurement, and Binay also mentioned that she would be asking the Makati city council to pass a supplemental budget once they receive a go signal from the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

    “We will exhaust all means to get the much-needed vaccines early and have all Makatizens vaccinated. The city will also assist companies and businesses that would like to buy vaccines for their employers and workers. We are aiming for 100 percent vaccination in Makati,” the Mayor said.

    On the last day of 2020, Manila mayor Isko Moreno also announced their city’s intention to provide free vaccines to its resident as soon as it becomes available in the country.

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    “Handa na ang deployment ng vaccination process sa Maynila ‘pag dumating na ang bakuna. Nakausap na rin po natin ang Pfizer at Moderna,” Mayor Moreno wrote on his official Twitter account.

    He adds, “While it is true that uunahin natin ang mga medical frontliners at ang mga senior citizens, base sa polisiya ng World Health Organization, DOH (Department of Health) at IATF, so that immediately after natin mabakunahan ang mga nasabing sector, agad tayo makakapagpabakuna sa mga taong interesado na magkaroon ng kapanatagan sa pang-araw-araw nilang mga buhay.”

    Interested Manila residents may reserve their slots and pre-register for the program via manilacovid19vaccine.com. Meanwhile, guidelines for online registration for Makati residents will be announced soon.

    Other cities that have allocated budgets for the vaccines include Paranaque City and Valenzuela City.

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