LEGAZPI CITY, Jan 25 (PIA) - The local government of Legazpi City has secured a cold storage facility for about 137,000 vaccines to cover 90% of its residents.
Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal said the city government has inspected the facility, which was big enough for the number of vaccines to be procured.
"We have our local cold storage facility in barangay Bonot, Legazpi City. It's big enough to accomodate 10,000 - 20,000 vaccines at any given time. We will also have it inspected by the supplier of our vaccine," Rosal said.
The facility, owned by Glacier Liberty Refrigeration Services Corporation has four cold rooms, each with 500 pallets for 40-50 boxes of vacccines. One room has been reserved for the vaccines.
Rosal has earlier announced P200 million allotment for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines. At least 137,000 vaccines have been reserved from a supplier based in the United Kingdom (UK).
"We're also considering the vaccine from Russia. I was assured that once they have the emergency use authorization (EUA), they can deliver in a week. For the vaccine from UK, we have placed our order but it may take May or June for them to deliver," Rosal said.
The mayor added that by this week, a survey will be conducted to determine the residents to be vaccinated. Residents aged 17 years old and below are not yet qualified to be inoculated.
A QR code is also being prepared to facilitate monitoring and contact tracing and to ensure safer environment.
"We are obliged to get the QR code. We are now preparing it while the vaccine is still not here, we will get QR code for all the people of Legazpi including migrants working here," Rosal said.
"We are preparing it by next week. We will use a tool for faster response. Once the vaccine is available, those who are in the list will the fist to be vaccinated but we will first inoculate the priority sectors," he added.
As announced earlier, the priority for vaccination are medical front liners from both public and private treatment, quarantine and isolation facilities, along with barangay health workers.
Second in priority are front liners in government agencies and next are indigent senior citizens and residents.
Training of vaccinators and setting of areas for vaccination will also be conducted as part of the preparation.(SAA-PIA5/Albay)