MANILA, Jan 27 (Mabuhay) — Pasig City became the first local government unit in the country to have an approved COVID-19 vaccination plan, Mayor Vico Sotto announced Tuesday.

“I was told that Pasig is the first LGU with a DOH (Department of Health)/WHO (World Health Organization)-approved vaccination plan!!” Sotto said in a Facebook post.

Sotto made the announcement after meeting with vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., testing czar Secretary Vince Dizon, Metro Manila Development Authority general manager Jojo Garcia, Interior Undersecretary Epi Densing and Health Undersecretary Carol Taiño.

Sotto said the city’s Beat COVID-19 Task Force would continue to work with the national government, WHO, private medical institutions, and non-government organizations to ensure the success of their vaccination program.

“They have been with us every step of the way,” he said.

The city government’s COVID-19 vaccination plan is divided into three phases: pre-vaccination, vaccination and post-vaccination.

The city plans to prioritize frontline health workers, indigent senior citizens, remaining senior citizens, remaining indigent population and uniformed personnel, respectively.

Pasig has 16 vaccination sites with three teams per site. It aims to vaccinate over 33,000 individuals per week.

The Philippines has allocated P73.2 billion for the procurement of the vaccines, with P40 billion coming from multilateral agencies, P20 billion from domestic sources, and P13.2 billion from bilateral agreements.

The Philippines aims to begin its mass inoculation program next month. –

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