Makati City has allotted P1 billion for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure that all city residents will get vaccinated for free, Mayor Abigail Binay announced Monday (January 4).
She said City Hall officials are now coordinating with vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to finalize details of the purchase and mass vaccination.
“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 said.
“We’ve seen the damage it can do both to human lives and our economy. After everything we’ve lost this year, we will do whatever it takes to protect our residents, employees, and our business community,” she continued.
According to Binay, she will ask the City Council to pass a supplemental budget as soon as the city gets the go ahead from the IATF.
“We will exhaust all means to get the much-needed vaccines early and have all Makatizens vaccinated.” Makati has more than 500, 000 residents.
Moreover, the mayor said the city government will assist companies and businesses that would like to buy vaccines for their employees and workers.
“We are aiming for 100 percent vaccination in Makati,” Binay said.
Preparations for online registration are reportedly underway to ensure safe and convenient access of Makati residents to free vaccination against COVID-19.
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