SJDM allots P100M to vaccinate all SJDM residents

VOWING to vaccinate all eligible residents of San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan, SJDM Rep. Florida Robes has declared that the city government has allotted an initial P100 million for the purchase of Covid-19 vaccines.

In an interview, Robes said the city government is finalizing tripartite agreements with several vaccine producers for the purchase of vaccines that will cover all the eligible residents in the city.

SJDM has over one (1) million residents. “The city government of SJDM has allotted an initial amount of P100 million for the purchase of vaccines and additional funding will be allotted depending on the final cost of the vaccines and actual number of those who will get the vaccines,” she pointed out.

She added that her husband, city Mayor Arthur Robes, is aiming to vaccinate 75 percent of those eligible by end of 2021 in order achieve herd immunity.

The remaining 25 percent will be vaccinated in the first quarter of 2022 but the same will depend on the vaccine procurement of the national government.

“We are aiming for 75 percent coverage by end of 2021 but this will depend on the vaccine procurement of the national government. But we were assured by Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) Chairperson, Secretary Carlito Galvez, that sufficient vaccines will arrive in the country by middle of this year until end third quarter of this year,” she said.

Despite the limited number of vaccine supply, SJDM has achieved almost 90 percent vaccination of its targeted health workers.

Latest data from the city’s Public Information Office showed that as of April 6, 2021, the city health department had vaccinated 3,459 out of the 3,895 health workers or 88.81 percent of their target. They were administered either Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines.

The city has likewise already vaccinated 100 percent of the 220 targeted people with co-morbidities under the A3 category who have registered to get to the vaccine. However, the PIO said the city is currently updating the target under the A3 category based on additional data and registrants. The city has also resumed vaccinating the targeted 22,039 senior citizens who have registered to get the jabs.

The national government had previously halted the use of AstraZeneca for seniors because of safety issues.

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