KALIBO, Aklan, Jan. 22 (PIA) — The province of Aklan is ready to purchase vaccines against COVID-19 and related items with the approval of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan during its recent 79th Regular Session of a P221-million fund to be used for the purpose.
The approval of said amount came about through a resolution of the Aklan Provincial Development Council (PDC) requesting that said fund be included in the Annual Investment Program of the province. The PDC is chaired by Governor Florencio T. Miraflores.
Based on the resolution, P195 million of the total amount will be utilized to buy anti-COVID-19 vaccines, P5 million will be used to buy refrigerators and syringes, while the P21 million will be used to buy 7 units of ambulance.
Earlier, Governor Miraflores said the provincial government has coordinated already with the company AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals as source of the vaccines.
Once available, the province targets to vaccinate 70% of Aklan’s population or 420,000 residents, composed of health care and medical workers, indigent families, Pantawid Pamilya families, and the uniformed personnel.
The provincial government also plans to prioritize vaccination of tourism workers in Boracay Island to ensure that the workers there are healthy and strong.
Protecting the Boracay workers against COVID-19, according to Governor Miraflores, is important to also ensure the safety of the tourists once the island will be opened to foreign visitors. (JSC/VGV/PIA6 Aklan)