Pampanga to purchase COVID-19 vaccine

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga, Dec.27 (PIA) -- The provincial government of Pampanga is planning to raise about PhP200 to 300 million to be able to buy doses of COVID-19 vaccine and immunize priority sectors.
“Kailangan po nating magtulong-tulong para makabili ng epektibong anti-COVID-19 vaccine. Hindi po pwedeng iasa ang lahat sa national government [We need to help each other to be able to buy an effective vaccine against COVID-19. We cannot rely solely on the national government to do the vaccination program],” Governor Dennis Pineda said.
He disclosed that the vaccine should be administered before the second quarter of 2021 to medical frontliners in public and private hospitals handling COVID-19 patients as well as to workers in private companies to strengthen the capacity of the health system while restarting the economy. 
These groups would consist the first batch of recipients of vaccine allotments from the national and provincial government.

Pampanga Governor Dennis Pineda. (Pampanga PIO File photo)

For the multi-sectoral fund drive, he urged local executives and legislative councils of the 19 towns and 3 cities to appropriate funds for the vaccination program.
He said Vice Governor Lilia Pineda and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan are supportive of larger allocation proposals from him. “We will all have to sacrifice some projects in order to prioritize further the health needs of our constituents,” Governor Pineda furthered.
He is set to begin dialogues with the business sector, which is encouraged to put up counterpart funding and launch other means. 
He said the brand of vaccine should be approved by appropriate health authorities and purchased in accordance with the government’s procurement law. (CLJD-PIA 3)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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