CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 7 (PIA) -- Some 5,000 residents of San Juan City heed the call of Mayor Francis Zamora to register for the free COVID-19 vaccine on its first day of registration.
Zamora called on its constituents on Monday, January 4, to register for free Covid-19 vaccination so that the city government will be able to determine the number of citizens willing to be vaccinated, how many vaccines will be procured and, for an orderly roll-out.
"Registration may be done online or they may go to their health centers or barangay hall to register," Zamora said.
In a press conference, the mayor demonstrated to the media the easy and convenient process of online registration for the COVID-19 vaccine that the San Juan City Government devised for its constituents.
Some 4,109 residents signed up in the online registration, apart from those who have signed up in their respective barangays and health centers totaling around 5,000 registrants in day one.
Zamora's call came after the San Juan City Council passed City Ordinance No. 75, series of 2020 allotting P50 million for the purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The mayor is confident that the allotted fund will be more than enough for San Juan City's population of 122,000 since the national government will also be allotting vaccines for all local government units (LGUs) in the country.
"Naniniwala ako na ito ang magbabago sa ating laban sa COVID-19. Pero hindi po natin pipilitin ang ayaw," Zamora said as he hopes that more of his constituents sign up.
He also reiterated his assurance that the vaccine the city will be procuring is proven safe and has undergone rigorous tests by medical experts from all over the world.
"Pipiliin natin yung bakuna na mataas ang efficacy, reputasyon, at acceptance sa tao at pasok sa local at international standards," Zamora assured his constituents.
"We will be prioritizing health workers and frontliners to receive the vaccine first, then indigent senior citizens will soon follow, as advised by the WHO and IATF. Residents who voluntarily signed up will receive the vaccine in the next phases," Zamora added.
According to the mayor, the City Government will provide the free COVID-19 vaccine to its residents to defeat the pandemic and move ahead with the Makabagong San Juan initiatives. (San Juan PIO/PIA-NCR)