Taguig LGU’s proactive measures against COVID-19, preparations for vaccine rollout cited

    Officials of the NTF Against COVID-19 and IATF-EID observe the simulation exercise for COVID-19 vaccination held at Taguig City on Wednesday. (Photo credit: NTF)

PARAÑAQUE CITY, Jan. 28 (PIA) -- Officials of the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 and the Inter-Agency Task Force on the Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) lauded the local government of Taguig for the implementation of proactive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, and prepare for the roll-out of the national vaccine program next month.

“Taguig was among the first cities in Metro Manila to launch a drive thru COVID-19 testing facility early last year. Today, your city has one of the lowest number of cases in NCR with only 5 cases per 100,000 residents,” said NTF COVID-19 Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. during a visit of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team to this city on Thursday.

“‘Yung strategy n’yo, it really works. Kasi imagine niyo, ang five cases for every 100,000 resident is very manageable. This is a testament of the outstanding leadership of (Taguig City) Mayor Lino Cayetano,” Galvez said.

The vaccine czar also noted Taguig’s commitment to protect its constituents from the dreaded disease through its participation in the signing of a tripartite agreement with the national government and private companies to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

For his part, Health Secretary and Chair of the IATF-EID Francisco Duque III called on Filipinos to support the government’s vaccination program, as he emphasized that the vaccines to be procured by the government are safe and effective.

“Nakasisiguro po kayo na ang bakuna na amin pong ibibigay ay dekalidad, ligtas at cost-efficient. Kaya sana po ay magkaisa tayo para mapataas natin ang kumpyansa ng taong-bayan sa ating vaccination program. Kinakailangan po [namin] ang inyong suporta,” Duque said.

Meanwhile, Cayetano urged his constituents to set their fears aside and listen to the advice of experts, and called on them to have themselves inoculated.

“Please, tulungan niyo po kami. Magpa-kumbinsi po kayo sa amin na kailangan po natin magpabakuna. We are in a unique time in our history na kailangan nating pakinggan ang mga eksperto,” Cayetano said.

During a simulation exercise conducted by the Taguig City government last week in preparation for the roll out of the vaccine program, the Taguig LGUs anticipates two scenarios when the conduct of the actual inoculation of its 670,000 residents across 40 vaccination sites begins.

The first scenario will take about 46 days to complete the mobilization of five vaccine teams that will carry out 15,000 vaccinations per day. The second scenario will take 23 days for 10 vaccine teams to conduct 30,000 vaccinations daily. (NTF/PIA-NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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