Nograles to LGUs: Help us convince your people for COVID-19 vaccine

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles answers questions from the local media during his visit at barangay Baculud in Amulung, Cagayan. He assured the public that the COVID-19 vaccines that will be inoculated to the Filipino people should it arrive in the country are 'safe'. (PIA)

AMULUNG, Cagayan, Jan. 15 (PIA) – Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles urged barangay officials to help convince their constituents to subject themselves of the vaccine once the government started to implement it.

“The Duterte administration assures us that the vaccine is safe,” Nograles said, with the promise that no one will be left out in availing the vaccine.

While there are local government units which have big funds ready to finance the vaccine for their constituents, Nograles said this doesn’t mean that LGUs with no budget will be left behind.

“We have a setup to follow wherein priorities are regions with high cases and priorities are medical health workers, senior citizens and the poor,” he said.

Nograles stressed that LGUs and private business that want to buy the vaccine are required to enter into a tripartite agreement with the national government since vaccines granted emergency use authorization cannot be distributed commercially.

On the other hand, he lauded the efforts of the barangay officials in the fight against COVID-19 in their respective jurisdiction.

“Kayo ang humaharap sa inyong mga constituents kaya malaki ang naging role niyo but this time, we appeal that you help us campaign so that they will avail of the vaccine,” Nograles added.

The secretary said around 13M Filipinos are expected to receive the vaccine. (MDCT/GVB/PIA 2-Cagayan)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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