Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas appealed to the public to help spread the facts and not fake information about anti-COVID-19 vaccines following the spread of a video all over social media making false information against the vaccines.
“I am deeply alarmed by the number of people who believe in this propaganda,” Treñas lamented.
He emphasized that “as the father of the city, I made the choice to get the COVID-19 vaccine because it is safe and effective, and I want to protect my family and my beloved Ilonggos.”
He underscored that the vaccines were studied carefully and were approved by various medical organizations including the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Aside from this, Treñas noted that many countries were back to their normal lives because of having protection from the virus.
“More than 8,000 Ilonggos have received their second dose including our medical frontliners and are now fully immunized. We have been promoting vaccines so all of us together can finally stop the threats of the virus and get back to normal. We all gain nothing but safety. Help spread the facts,” he added.
ILOILO CITY ADMINISTERS 41,491 VACCINE DOSES
As reported by the Iloilo City Public Information Office, the city has already given 41,491 doses of various vaccines against COVID-19 since the roll out started in March.
Some 8,296 individuals have been fully vaccinated or have already received their first and second doses.
There were 33,195 who got their first dose and will be scheduled for second dose depending on required intervals of vaccines administered to them.
Treñas thanked the national government for the vaccine supplies as the city’s orders are expected to start arriving this June or July.
A total of 300,000 residents and 100,000 non-residents working in city are targeted to avail of the city-purchased AstraZeneca vaccine.
Meanwhile, city hall personnel are augmented by the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine Coast Guard, medical volunteers, and university employees in the vaccination process.
The city is currently using the gym of Central Philippine University in Jaro district and Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao district as vaccination centers.
University of San Agustin in City Proper will soon be used as another vaccination site.
Other vaccination sites earlier utilized were Ateneo School gym and SM City mall, both in Mandurriao, and John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University in Arevalo district./WDJ