The Bulacan provincial government is already preparing for the upcoming coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine by gathering enough funds for its procurement and identifying vaccination centers, among others, Gov. Daniel Fernando said Thursday.
According to Fernando, the province is currently “readying its funds for the vaccine” by “augmenting the needs of its cities and municipalities.”
“Kung tutuusin… hindi po kakayanin ng provincial government kung lahat-lahat talaga ito. Kaya pinag-u-augment po natin lahat ang pondo at kami po ay nag-usap-usap na (To be honest, the provincial government alone could not shoulder the expense to vaccinate all our residents. That’s why we’re augmenting our funds and coordinating with each other). We had a meeting with the mayors,” Fernando said in a virtual press briefing.
As of February 6, the governor said, the localities of San Jose Del Monte, Malolos, Meycauayan, Bocaue, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Hagonoy, Pandi, Plaridel, San Ildefonso, and San Rafael have already consolidated their allocation funds.
They are now also set to enter into tripartite agreements with the national government and the pharmaceutical companies to purchase the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fernando said that, in fact, the municipality of Pulilan has already signed an agreement with AstraZeneca for the procurement of P20 million worth of vaccine.
Fernando also said that the provincial government is working on polishing the logistics of the vaccine as he said, it “is very critical for the success of our vaccination program.”
Currently, they already identified The Pavilion, Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center as a facility-based vaccination center for workers of Bulacan Medical Center, who will be prioritized for the inoculation.