DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Marc Brian Lim is urging the residents here to get inoculated once the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine becomes available.
“The national and local governments are working to hasten the arrival of vaccines. Given that the vaccine may arrive anytime soon, it is very important that we are prepared to get vaccinated,” he said in a video message on Monday.
Lim said getting immunized with the Covid-19 vaccine is a “moral obligation”.
“Upang mapangalagaan at maprotektahan ang mga mga mahal sa buhay, mga kaibigan, katrabaho, at kalusugan (So we can care and protect loved ones, friends, workmates, and one’s health),” he said.
Lim added the vaccine will help prevent severe symptoms of the virus and even death due to Covid-19.
“If we are vaccinated, the scenario of getting hospitalized or even dying from the virus will be removed thus I urge everyone to remove the fear of the vaccine so we could all get back to our normal life fast,” he said.
The city government is set to acquire the initial 40,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca subject to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.
The priorities for the vaccine are high-risk individuals in the city, such as the front-liners and the vulnerable sector like the senior citizens.
Lim, however, clarified they target to vaccinate all residents here, and the city government has funds for the purchase of additional doses.
The city currently has an estimated 160,000 population.
Lim, together with a representative from AstraZeneca and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. as well as Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, signed a vaccine tripartite agreement on Jan. 8.
Lim ordered the City Health Office to organize vaccination teams and have them trained.
He added the city government plans to launch a vaccination digital passport that will serve as proof that a person has been vaccinated. (PNA)