CANDON CITY, Jan. 9 (PIA) – The city government of Candon has allotted Php22 million as initial funding for the procurement of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccines for its residents.
“This is a part of our continuous COVID-19 prevention efforts and counterpart to the eventual national government allotment for our city,” Mayor Ericson Singson said in a media briefing held Thursday afternoon.
A report from the City Information Office said that the city government has listed at least seven preferred COVID-19 vaccines, namely Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Gameleya, Novavax, Covax, and Johnson and Johnson.
Mayor Singson, however, clarified that the city government remains open to other vaccines as long as these passed government regulatory authorities particularly the Food and Drug Administration.
He said that they will work out for the city’s herd immunity or 80 percent of 64,203 – the city’s 2021 projected population to be vaccinated.
Mayor Singson, the League of Cities of the Philippines focal mayor on health, is very hopeful that the city government can accomplish it as they are also receiving pledges from private sectors including Php10 million from a private company to purchase COVID-19 vaccines.
The city also claims to have the lowest number of cases among all cities in Luzon and probably all cities in the country, having only 16 confirmed cases in the entire pandemic period and currently with no active, probable, and suspect cases as of Saturday.
The city’s last confirmed COVID-19 case was recorded on December 4, 2020. (JCR/AMB/JMCQ/PIA Ilocos Sur)