Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said that she is willing to receive the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine once it arrives in the city.
“I am willing to receive the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccines once it arrives in the city to erase fear from our constituents and also to get their trust and confidence that we are all in need to be inoculated as the COVID-19 is still around,” Rubiano said.
The city government is also preparing doctors and nurses as well as other medical personnel for a training to ready them in conducting vaccination against COVID-19.
Rubiano also said a meeting was also conducted to ready village officials of 201 barangays in the city to conduct a census in determining the number of residents who are willing to be immunized.
She said the city government is also preparing to look for a bigger place to conduct the vaccination.
On Wednesday, the city government announced that a deal with British drug company was signed for the purchase of 275,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to inoculate the city’s residents for free.
According to Mayor Rubiano, they chose AstraZeneca over other vaccines because it is more affordable with high efficacy and requires simple handling.
The city government allotted a total of P250 million for the purchase of the vaccines, targeting 275,000 city residents to be inoculated and prioritizing frontliners, medical workers, senior citizens, and the vulnerable sector.