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More LGUs prepare for COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Several local governments are now preparing their cold storage facilities ahead of the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines in the country.

According to Jun Veneracion’s report on “24 Oras” on Thursday, the city government of San Juan has started preparing their refrigerators which have a temperature of 2°C to 8°C. It can store up to 5000 vaccine doses per refrigerator.

The city has earlier started its simulation exercise for its COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Araw-araw po kaming nag-e-ensayo o nagsi-simuluate para pagdating ng aktwal na bakuna, hindi na ho mangangapa ang ating mga health workers, ang ating mga vaccinators,” Mayor Francis Zamora said.

San Juan already ordered 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines and it targets to inoculate 70% of its population.

Valenzuela City has also prepared its cold storage facility ahead of the arrival of the vaccines.

“We haven’t signed a deal with them kasi nag site inspection pa lang ako kahapon pero mayroon na kaming usapan na they will allocate space for us,” Mayor Rex Gatchalian said.

He added that the registration for the vaccination program in the city will start on Saturday.

Taguig City also secured the facilities for the storage and delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines.

Meanwhile, the Manila City government purchased its own cold storage facility for the COVID-19 vaccines worth P9 million.

“We bought all types of freezers or refrigerators for all types of possible vaccines. Hopefully, in less than two weeks, the standalone Manila COVID-19 storage facility will be inaugurated,” Mayor Isko Moreno said.

Moreover, aside from preparing its cold storage facility, the Antipolo City government already oriented its health workers on the procedures of administering the vaccine.

Pasig City also conducted its tabletop simulation exercise for its vaccination program. -Ma. Angelica Garcia/MDM, GMA News