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Edwin Olivarez eyes rollout of Paranaque’s COVID-19 vaccination program in April

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The city of Parañaque is now ready to inoculate its residents against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Tuesday that once the city government’s ordered vaccines arrive, they can begin the rollout, likely as soon as next month.

“We’d like to tell each and everyone that the city government of Parañaque is already prepared para sa ating vaccine. Naka-order na po ang city ng ating iba-vaccine sa mga constituents. Hanggang sa logistics, prepared na rin siya pati na rin yung vaccination team. Hopefully by next quarter ay mag-uumpisa na tayo ng rollout (for our vaccine. The city has already ordered what we would vaccinate to our constituents. Even the logistics is already prepared as well as the vaccination team. Hopefully by next quarter, we can begin the rollout),” Olivarez said during the press launch of Parañaque Aces for National Basketball League (NBL).

He said the city’s first batch of vaccines would come from AstraZeneca much like many local government units have ordered for their own citizens.

“Nakapag-downpayment na tayo doon. Ang initial delivery sa atin ay 200,000 doses (We have already paid the downpayment. They will deliver 200,000 doses to us),” Olivarez said.

He said the city government has also already begun negotiations with Moderna, Pfizer, NOVAVAX, and Johnson & Johnson.

“Lahat ay i-inoculate natin. Walang maiiwanan natin dito (Everyone will be inoculated. No one will be left behind),” he said.

Parañaque residents who want to avail of the Covid-19 vaccine can go to the city government’s website at oneparanaque.net or scan the quick response code posted in Olivarez’s Facebook page.

The city has so far logged 9,278 Covid-19 cases with 8,877 recoveries and 233 deaths. (PNA)