CEBU CITY – Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella was one of the senior citizens who were vaccinated when the city resumed its vaccination campaign on Tuesday, May 4.
Accompanied by several City Hall executives, Labella received his first dose of CoronaVac, the COVID-19 vaccine brand of China’s Sinovac Biotech, at SM Seaside City Cebu.
Apart from Labella, his wife, Joy, Vice Mayor Michael Rama and City Councilor Leah Jopson were also vaccinated.
The city suspended its vaccination last week after it ran out of vaccines. It was able to resume its vaccination for senior citizens last May 3 after receiving a new supply of 9,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from the national government through the Department of Health- Central Visayas (DOH-7).
As of April 30, close to 5,000 senior citizens in the city have been inoculated.
Based on its record, the city has around 90,000 elderlies and 30,000 of them have already registered and agreed to be vaccinated.
Labella advised elderlies to get vaccinated to get much-needed protection from the deadly virus.
“I urge other senior citizens to get vaccinated. I was vaccinated today, and I am fine. There are certainly risks in getting vaccinated, but it is riskier to be exposed to COVID-19 without getting vaccinated,” Labella said in Cebuano.
The city has three designated vaccination sites which are located in SM Seaside City Cebu, University of Cebu-Banilad Campus, and Robinsons Galleria.
The city is targeting to vaccinate at least 1,500 individuals a day.