CEBU City Vice Mayor Michael Rama has volunteered to be inoculated against Covid-19 should the vaccine arrive in the city.
In a statement, Rama said he has decided to volunteer himself after hearing reports that some people are still afraid of getting the vaccine despite medical experts saying that adverse effects after getting inoculated are rare.
In a recent survey conducted by Pulse Asia, almost half or 47 percent of Filipinos said they would not get vaccinated against Covid-19 due to safety concerns.
“To help alleviate these fears and help us overcome this pandemic, I am informing all of you that I am volunteering to submit myself for vaccination, granted that the vaccine shall be approved by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health,” Rama said in a statement.
The Cebu City government has allocated about P400 million to acquire Covid-19 vaccines for its constituents.
Aside from Cebu City, the majority of local government units (LGUs) in the country have also prepared funds to acquire vaccines.
But as of press time, city officials had yet to disclose where they would buy the vaccines as Mayor Edgardo Labella has yet to decide what the City will acquire.
Aside from Cebu City, the Talisay City government has allocated funds to acquire Covid-19 vaccines for its constituents.
Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. said they have initially allocated P40 million to acquire Covid-19 vaccines.
Gullas said they will allocate more funds, if necessary, if they need more vaccines for their constituents.
Gullas said they have sought an audience with pharmaceutical companies producing Covid-19 vaccines to determine if they still have available stocks that they can buy.
But Gullas said almost the majority of pharmaceutical firms that they have approached have told them that their stocks are dwindling as LGUs nationwide have started procuring their own stocks in advance.
Gullas said should they receive their own vaccine stock, frontliners working for the City will be given priority. (PAC, BBT / JKV)