LAOAG CITY, Jan. 12 (PIA) - The Ilocos Norte government is finalizing its plans for the procurement of vaccine against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) which will be rolled out this year.
This was announced by Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc during a press briefing on Monday, January 11, wherein he discussed the plans of the provincial government to secure initial doses of COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.
COVID-19 VACCINE. With some local government units across the country sealing deals for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine, Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc also informs the public of its plans to obtain vaccines for atleast 10 percent of Ilocos Norte's population. (photo by MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)
"Ours is just minimal amount. It's not so big. I requested 120,000 doses which is for 60,000 people which is just 10 percent of our population," Governor Manotoc said.
He also clarified there will be no general vaccination as the first phase of the vaccination program will benefit people who are at risk, those belonging to the vulnerable sectors, and frontliners.
Compared to Pfizer and Moderna, the vaccine from the British-Swedish pharmaceutical firm is cheaper and has a lower efficacy level.
Although some local government units across the country has already inked deals for the vaccine orders, Manotoc considers the infection rates in the province which he said is relatively low given there are some areas with no record yet of COVID-19 cases.
"It was a tough decision for me because there were concerns na hindi siya effective or masyadong maaga. But I did not want to pass up the opportunity na makakuha ng vaccine so I got a small amount first for 60,000 and we will abide by the national guidelines na frontliners, health workers, seniors. May list naman tayo," he further added.
As of January 11, there are 162 active COVID-19 cases, 475 recoveries, three death cases, and 640 total confirmed cases in Ilocos Norte.
Manotoc ended his press briefing with hopes that "2021 won't be defined by COVID-19. Let's work together towards other goals and accomplishments." (JCR/AMB/MJTAB/PIA Ilocos Norte)