KALIBO, Aklan–The first batch of coronavirus vaccines will start arriving in the town of Kalibo, Aklan, by early March the latest.
This, according to Kalibo vaccine czar Rey Villaruel, who also said the arrival of the vaccines is in line with the COVID-19 vaccination plan of the local government unit for the initial rollout of 16,400 doses from AstraZeneca.
The cost of the vaccines is initially financed by local government funding of P50 million.
Villaruel added the mass vaccine rollout is due to begin ‘anytime’ in vaccination sites—a mix of gymnasiums, schools, and churches—across Kalibo.
For his part, Kalibo mayor Emerson Lachica said he continues to be in talks with the Diocese of Kalibo and the Department of Education for additional vaccine centers.
Meantime, LGUs are required to conduct information campaigns and prepare the master list of priority groups, human resources, volunteers, and personnel for the vaccination program. These are imposed by the National task force in order for the LGUs to have access to the vaccines they have ordered from pharmaceutical firms.
It was learned that in a few weeks, a simulation exercise will be initiated in preparation for the rollout of the vaccines beginning from transport to storage, vaccine supply distribution, and administration, and monitoring of vaccinated people post-vaccination.
Health care workers such as doctors, nurses and other health care professionals will also receive COVID-19 vaccination training in the interim. Augmenting them in the rollout will be personnel from the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology.
First in line to be inoculated are frontline health workers as well as senior citizens. The first doses will also be offered free for the indigent population.
With profiling and masterlisting ongoing, the rest of the general population are encouraged to register to be vaccinated here.
As of February 18, 202, the town of Kalibo has 16 active COVID-19 cases and 16 cumulative deaths according to a report by the Aklan Epidemiological and Surveillance Unit./(Boy Ryan Zabal/iNews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)