Iloilo City is eyeing to vaccinate 90 percent of its target population against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) before the end of the year.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said aside from the donated vaccine doses, 28,000 more AstraZeneca vaccine doses procured by the city government are expected to be delivered this week.
The first batch of the city government-procured AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines was composed of 21,000 doses.
“Sufficient supplies are in preparation for achieving herd immunity as soon as possible considering the city has the highest vaccination rate in the region,” said Treñas.
By the end of September, the city government is targeting to reach 50 percent of the 525,000 target population.
“We really have to double our guards, especially that we have the Delta variant in our midst. I urge everyone to observe stricter protocols, and avail of the vaccination. We have the vaccines waiting for you,” the mayor said.
So far, some 206,202 or around 39 percent of the city's total target population have been fully vaccinated against the viral disease.
Meanwhile, almost 56 percent have received their first COVID-19 vaccine dose.
The city government spent P300 million and P114 million for 600,000 AstraZeneca doses and 163,927 Novavax doses, respectively.
Treñas said that the vaccines are also being readied for booster shots for the already exposed healthcare workers and frontliners first once given a go signal by the National Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
The mayor will also request the IATF to consider vaccinating children 12-17 years old considering that they are vulnerable to the viral disease.
“We really have to treat everyone now with symptoms as COVID positive and a Delta variant carrier. Let us not be lax in observing the minimum health protocols even with our families or close friends. And most importantly, get vaccinated,” said Treñas.IMT