OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental (PIA)– The City Government of Oroquieta signed a deal with AstraZeneca for the advance purchase of 120,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses against coronavirus disease (COVID)-19 for the city’s 60,000 residents.
During the Kita ang Oroquieta live program, Mayor Lemuel Acosta announced that all city residents aged 18 years old and above will be vaccinated for free.
“We ordered 120, 000 doses to vaccinate all residents of Oroquieta City, as the vaccine is administered in two doses,” he said.
Acosta added that the order will be enough for the 50,000 residents who are registered voters and 10,000 allowance for residents who were not registered in the city.
“Kini siya voluntary, angay jud muregister online. Dili nato pugson ang mga tao nga magpatupok sila but mao ni ang lakang sa atong syudad kay nakita nato nga mao ra gyud ni ang solusyon nga macontain nato ang COVID-19 ug kampante ta nga safe atong syudad,” he said.
(Acceptance of the vaccination is voluntary and there is a need to register online. We don’t really force the people to avail the vaccination. It should be on their own will but we are doing this to contain the spread of COVID-19 and for us to be confident on the safety of our city)
Acosta repeatedly said in his live that senior citizens, persons with disability (PWD) or vulnerable sectors, medical frontliners, repatriation and extraction team, barangay health workers and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel will first get the vaccines.
The second priority would be the public utility vehicle drivers, vendors, private sector and general public.
The city also prepares a pre-registration online portal to track people who would like to be vaccinated. (SMRN/PIA Misamis Occidental)