Thursday, 14 January 2021 11:11

Paraaaque LGU secures 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine

PARAnAQUE CITY, Jan. 13 (PIA) -- The Paranaque City Government announced on Tuesday that it has sealed an agreement with the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca for the purchase of 200,000 doses of its developed COVID-19 vaccines.

Mayor Edwin Olivarez signed the multilateral agreement Sunday with AstraZeneca, the National Task Force Against COVID-19, and the Department of Health on January 10.

"Once these vaccines are delivered, we shall immediately roll out a vaccination program that will cover the most vulnerable population, including our frontline workers and senior citizens," Olivarez said.

According to Olivarez, the vaccines will be administered for free to the residents of the city, as the local government allocated an initial P250 million for its COVID-19 vaccination program.

The mayor added that aside from AstraZeneca, the city government is also looking to purchase from other vaccine suppliers such as Janssen, Pfizer, and Moderna.

The City Health Department chief Dr. Olga Virtusio said their goal is to vaccinate 90% of its population to get approximately 70% herd immunity of the critical population.

To recall, Phase 1 of the vaccination program is to cover 119,200 Paranaque City residents, she added. (PIA NCR)