BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Melecio “Beboy” Yap Jr. of Escalante City, Negros Occidental is the first local chief executive in the province to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
Yap was jabbed a day after Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Undersecretary Epimaco Densing said that local chief executives classified as essential workers under Priority Group 4A are among the priorities for vaccination.
Yap decided to get vaccinated to show the people that there is nothing to fear or worry on the vaccines.
Escalante City received 120 Sinovac vaccines from the provincial government last Thursday for the healthcare workers of the Vicente Gustilo District Hospital (VGDH).
However, only 46 were listed as others are still observing the situation, prompting Yap to voluntarily get inoculated with the Sinovac vaccine.
Yap led the vaccination rollout last Friday, with his jab being administered by Dr. Carmel Arguelles, chief of hospital of VGDH.
The event was witnessed by Escalante Inter-Agency Task Force Chairman Dr. Vermont Khan Juvahib, Dr. Peter Paul Hinolan of the Escalante City Health Office, and Department of Health (DOH) representative Louie Fernandez.
Yap said the vaccination program in the city will run until Monday for all of their public health workers.