BAGUIO CITY: The city government has started preparing storage facilities for the Covid-19 vaccines that will be used when the country starts its vaccination campaign this year.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the early preparation allows the local government to be a step ahead once the vaccine is ready for distribution.
Magalong said the city’s frontliners, including the medical and uniformed personnel, will be prioritized in the initial wave of inoculations.
He said the next wave will target 20 to 30 percent of the city’s population.
“The city will be procuring the required freezers that will help in preserving the vaccines that will be made available by the national government for the pilot testing. This gives us time to see what else needs to be done in order to make the rest of the city’s residents vaccinated,” Magalong explained.
The local government is currently verifying with the national government-led Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) the initial volume of vaccines to purchase the sufficient number of freezers to store these.
He said the city will procure freezers capable of storing Covid-19 vaccines from -2 to -8 degrees Celsius and similar freezers with storage capacity of -40 up to -80 C as there are vaccines that need to be stored at those freezing points.
“The proper storage facilities are the city’s counterpart once the vaccines are available. It assures that the vaccines are preserved and are given to the target population according to the expected schedule,” Magalong added
While the vaccines are yet to arrive in the city, he said the local government will continue to be strict in the implementation of basic health and safety protocols to contain the spread of the coronavirus while trying to uplift the local economy.
Magalong expressed his gratitude to the health authorities and the IATF-EID for selecting the city as one of the pilot test areas.
Since November, the city has been allowing tourists to the city to revive the hotel and accommodation industries of the city.
He urged the residents and visitors to continue adhering to health and safety protocols, particularly the mandatory wearing of face masks and face shields, the observance of physical distancing and the practice of personal hygiene.