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San Fernando mayor wants to raise P25M for Covid-19 vaccine purchase

Jan 16, 2021 @ 16:01
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San Fernando City, Pampanga Mayor Edwin Santiago has asked the city government’s financial department to raise the budget for Covid-19 response, including the initial purchase of vaccines, from P10 million to around P20 to P25 million.

The city government is targeting to vaccinate more than 260,000 Fernandinos against Covid-19, according to the mayor.

Santiago said the city government was also planning to create a technical working group (TWG) to streamline all related activities for the Covid-19 vaccination program.

In a Philippine Information Agency report, the official said the primary task of the group was to “address concerns and work on the procurement process and prioritization of target populations.”

“The idea to form a TWG came in mind after a virtual special general assembly of the League of Cities of the Philippines, wherein we also tackled the roles of local authorities in the COVID-19 vaccination efforts,” the mayor said in the report.

The TWG will be responsible for identifying the priority groups or clusters to be vaccinated first, the report said.

It will also be tasked to study which vaccine to procure and identify personnel and facilities that will administer the vaccines, it added.

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