SJDM allots P100 M to buy COVID vaccines

Published April 21, 2021, 5:33 PM

by Tristan Lozano

SAN JOSE DEL MONTE CITY, Bulacan — The city government here said it has alloted P100 million for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

Rep. Florida Robes here said the city government is finalizing tripartite agreements with several vaccine producers for the purchase of vaccines that will cover all the eligible residents in this city which has over one million residents.

“The city government of SJDM has allotted an initial amount of P100 million for the purchase of vaccines and additional funding will be allotted depending on the final cost of the vaccines and actual number of those who will get the vaccines,” she said.

Rep. Robes said her husband, Mayor Arthur Robes, is aiming to vaccinate 75 percent of those eligible by end of 2021 in order achieve herd immunity here.

The remaining 25 percent will be vaccinated in the first quarter of 2022 but the same will depend on the vaccine procurement of the national government, she added.

“We are aiming for 75 percent coverage by end of 2021 but this will depend on the vaccine procurement of the national government. But we were assured by Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Chairperson, Secretary Carlito Galvez, that sufficient vaccines will arrive in the country by middle of this year until end third quarter of this year.”