1.1M doses na! QC increases order for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine
Quezon City is set to receive an initial 1.1 million doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine after signing a tripartite agreement with the national government and the American pharmaceutical company.
The additional doses, which will arrive in the third quarter of 2021, are seen to benefit 550,000 individuals.
“Now that we have secured 1.1 million doses, we will continue talking to other pharmaceutical companies to secure more vaccines for QCitizens to complement the national government’s goal. When more QCitizens are vaccinated, we can soon achieve herd immunity,” Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
Task Force Vax to Normal Co-chair Joseph Juico said that the local government will be fully hands-on in the inoculation program including the identification of beneficiaries, administration of the vaccines, and monitoring of the individuals who will receive the vaccines.
As for the storage and handling of the vaccines, the city government is in talks with a third party private company that has the capability to also help in patient monitoring and data gathering. This partnership with the third party will be long-term and will include management of the city’s vaccines for polio, measles, and others.