THE local governments of Lapu-Lapu City and Consolacion have earmarked a total of P120 million in funds for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.
The City of Lapu-Lapu plans to spend P100 million, while the Municipality of Consolacion has set aside P20 million.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard Chan, on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, said they will prioritize in the inoculation the frontliners, vendors and drivers.
The mayor’s office will propose a supplemental budget to the City Council for the vaccine purchase. The funds will be released only after the council’s approval.
Grace Mary Carungay, city epidemiological and surveillance unit officer, said the plan to purchase vaccines will bring good to Oponganons.
In Consolacion, Mayor Joannes Alegado said Thursday the P20 million budget will be for 10,000 individuals who belong to the vulnerable sector—older adults and frontliners.
The town has around 7,000 individuals who are 60 years old and above. They will be prioritized along with frontliners, Alegado said.
The town mayor said they would set aside another budget if the Food and Drug Administration would approve a vaccine that is inexpensive.
As of Wednesday, Jan. 6, Lapu-Lapu City had a total case count of 2,677, of which 52 were active cases, 2,514 were recoveries and 111 deaths. Consolacion had a total case count of 649, of which seven were active cases, 604 were recoveries and 38 deaths.
Both Lapu-Lapu City and Consolacion are waiting for the Department of Health to issue guidelines on the purchase of the vaccines.
Of the 44 municipalities and six component cities under the Cebu Provincial Government, only Consolacion and Talisay City have set aside funds for the inoculation of their residents against Covid-19.
“Hopefully, the Department of Health will choose the right vaccine. I hope that will push through because other nations have started their vaccination,” Alegado said. (NDT, ANV / KAL)