Mayor Evelio Leonardia is assured that Bacolod City will receive a “much bigger allocation” of Covid-19 vaccines from the national government.
In his interview with CNN’s “The Final Word” anchor Rico Hizon recently, Leonardia was asked if he, as mayor and as the national president of the League of Cities of the Philippines, feels “insecure” due to the supposed minimal attention that local government units outside Metro Manila are getting.
Leonardia said there was such insecurity at the start, but not so anymore, a press release from the city said.
“You know, Metro Manila is not the Philippines. Apparently, they listened to us. Secretary Carlito Galvez himself is seeing to it that we will get a much bigger allocation. That is what is happening now,” the mayor said.
The interview was conducted on the same day that the 2.2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
Leonardia said he is still awaiting word from the national government on how much of these Pfizer vaccines will be allocated to Bacolod.
The Pfizer vaccine is a “different breed”, in the sense that it requires its own particular temperature conditions for proper storage, the mayor said.
Earlier, Department of Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje told Leonardia, in a letter dated June 3, that Bacolod will receive additional vaccine allocation from the Western Visayas Center for Health Development.
Cabotaje, as chair of the National Vaccination Operations Center, also commended the vaccination efforts of the Bacolod City Government.
She expressed her “profound appreciation” for Leonardia’s “unending service to the Filipino people amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.”
From March 5 to June 11, the Bacolod City Emergency Operations Center–Task Force recorded a total of 42,173 doses of Covid-19 vaccines administered to Bacolodnons.
Of that total, 32,538 were for the first dose, while the remaining 9,635 were for second dose, the EOC data showed.
As to the brand of vaccines administered, the data further show that 21,885 doses were AstraZeneca vaccine while 20,288 shots were of the Sinovac brand.
Earlier, Leonardia had requested Galvez for additional vaccines in the light of the sustained increase in the number of local cases in Bacolod.
In response, Galvez assured that Bacolod will be given enough doses to inoculate 100 percent of the City’s adult population and such shall be delivered “in accordance with the relevant existing laws, rules, and regulations,” the press release added.*