- Makati City allocated a P1 billion budget for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccines
- The city aims to offer free vaccination to all Makati residents and help businesses buy vaccines for their employees
- According to Mayor Abigail Binay, the coronavirus vaccination for all its residents is the top priority of their LGU this year
- They have started to coordinate with the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and the vaccine czar
Makati City Local Government Unit (LGU) has allocated P1 billion for the purchasing of COVID-19 vaccines to provide free vaccination for all its residents.
On January 4, Monday, Mayor Abigail Binay declared the said plan. According to her, the LGU is already coordinating with the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. for the details of mass vaccination and vaccine procurement.
Mayor Binay also revealed that this is the top priority of the city this year.
“This is our number one priority for 2021. I want each and every Makatizen to receive both doses of the coronavirus vaccine for free to protect them and their families against the virus,”
The mayor explained that they have witnessed how the pandemic can destroy both the lives of the people and the economy. For this reason, they want to make sure that their residents and business community, including the employees, will be protected this year.
Binay also mentioned that as soon as they receive the go-signal from the IATF, she will immediately order to pass a supplemental budget.
The HUC is reported to have allocated P1 billion to make sure that they can cover all the residents. They are aiming for the immunization of over 500,000 Makati City.
“We will exhaust all means to get the much-needed vaccines early and have all Makatizens vaccinated.”
Good thing that Makati was able to exceed its target revenue in 2020. The mayor expressed relief over the news, despite the effects of the pandemic.
The mayor also revealed that the LGU will assist the businesses and companies in Makati that plan to procure COVID-19 vaccines for their employees.
“We are aiming for 100 percent vaccination in Makati,” Binay stated.
Recent news revealed that Makati remains to be among the COVID-19 hotspots in Metro Manila.
An online registration system is already being established to guarantee convenience and safety for the city residents who will avail of the free coronavirus vaccination.
Since the start of the pandemic, the Makati LGU has launched several technology-based programs, such as the Makatizen Online Assessment and Payment Portal, which are helpful to the residents.
Makati City is among the first-class highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila. It is considered to be the financial center of the country.
According to the Department of Health (DOH) Sec. Francisco Duque III, the vaccination in the Philippines is expected to start in March. However, there are some Filipinos in the country who have already received the vaccine. Recently, the Presidential Security Group has been bashed for getting immunized using illegal vaccines.
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