Pagadian City Officials to take the COVID-19 vaccine first, says Mayor Co

PAGADIAN CITY, Feb 18 (PIA) - In order to persuade other Pagadianons to accept the controversial COVID-19 vaccine, Pagadian City Mayor Samuel S. Co said that government officials and employees will be the first group to be vaccinated on the first day of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out in the city.

"Of course, it will start from me as the mayor, then the vice mayor followed by my city councilors and all of the barangay captains,” said by Mayor Samuel S. Co during the Pagdu-aw sa Pagadian City held recently.

Co believed that being the primary beneficiaries to take the COVID-19 vaccines as the city officials will somehow increase the public’s confidence to be part of the vaccination program.

"This will happen at the very first day of the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out,” he added.

Mayor Co said that only 15 percent among the constituents of the city have agreed to take the COVID-19 vaccines and this has been his concern for the city with a population of almost 200,000 individuals now.

"Many are still hesitant, scared of the adverse health effects it may bring and that senior citizens remain apprehensive and we can’t take that away from them,” the Mayor cited.

This is really the challenge of the city government in terms of information dissemination hereof, because most of the constituents are seem to be easily believed by fake news circulating online about the COVID-19 vaccines.

The mayor expressed happiness, "because the national government sent here the team of Presidential Communications Operations Office and Philippine Information Agency to #ExplainExplainExplain the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines in front of the barangay officials and media,” he said.

Moreover, the "Pagdu-aw” or visit of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Martin A. Andanar and Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Director General Ramon L. Cualoping III is to raise awareness and enlighten the public about the roadmap of the national government’s vaccination program.

"This would really be a privilege because through the #ExplainExplainExplain information drive, all will be clarified and erase the misconceptions of the public about the COVID-19 vaccines,” Co explained.

The objective is really to provide platform for the national and local government agencies to discuss policies and help the communities in mitigating the impacts of the pandemic through the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Pagadian City government is preparing for the COVID-19 vaccine roll-out and has already prepared a COVID-19 vaccination center as well as organized 6 teams headed by a doctor.

Each team is expected to vaccinate at least 300 persons per day with 60,000 target individuals per month.

"I hope everyone will cooperate in helping all of us in informing as well explaining the people that COVID-19 vaccine is completely safe and secured,” the mayor appealed. (RVC/JRA/PIA9-Pagadian City)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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