Dagupan SP Oks assistance to private groups’ vax rollout

By June 21, 2021Inside News

THE Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) has granted Mayor Brian Lim authority to sign and enter into an agreement with various private organizations and institutions needing assistance for their respective rollout of their privately-funded/procured COVID-19 vaccines, including the authority to accept COVID-19 vaccine donations from them.

The resolution proposed by Councilor Cisco Flores was passed after Dr. Dalvie Casilang, head of the Dagupan Vaccination Team, identified the Victory Liner and the Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce Inc. with the Guanzon Company as its beneficiary as having expressed their desires to sign a MOA with the city regarding the rollout of their privately-purchased vaccines,

Victory Liner will use the vaccines that it procured through its tripartite agreement with the Department of Health and the vaccine manufacturer for its employees and the excess will be donated by its to the Dagupan City government.

But since no inoculation by private groups of their own designated doctors and nurses to administer the vaccination, both have asked the Dagupan Vaccination Center through the city government for assistance.

Casilang said that once the MOA is signed, employees of Victory Liner and other groups will be vaccinated on weekends so these will not interfere and disrupt the city government’s ongoing vaccination for A-1 (medical frontliners), A-2 (senior citizens) and A-3 (persons with co-morbidities.

However, SP Majority Leader Michael Fernandez said although the SP already passed the resolution, the legislative body has not received copies of the MOA to be signed by the mayor and private organizations and institutions.

Meanwhile, Casilang told the SP on Thursday that the vaccination team is preparing for the arrival of Pfizer vaccine from the Covax facility.

He clarified that all vaccine donations from Covax can only be used for A-1, A2, A-3 and soon the A-5 (indigent citizens) categories.

Only vaccines purchased by the Philippine government will be used for A-4 category (workers in the private and government sectors, informal workers)

He said that as of Thursday last week, only AstraZeneca is available at the Dagupan Vaccination Center that were allocated for those taking the second dose of the vaccine. (Leonardo Micua)

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