CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 18 (PIA) -- Majority of Quezon City residents, surveyed by the local government, said they were still undecided over whether to receive the free vaccine against COVID-19, according to Mayor Joy Belmonte over the weekend.
During the Laging Handa public briefing hosted by the Presidential Communications Operations Office, Mayor Joy said they tried to gauge the "willingness" of respondents but later found out that their residents lacked some basic information about the vaccine in order to make an informed choice.
"We have a survey on willingness to be vaccinated among residents, the survey was given in unison with the application for a unified QC card. Majority of those who answered are undecided," Belmonte said.
However, she said the local government did not ask in the survey, which brand of injectable the respondents prefer.
"Because at this point in time, people are still not aware of the different characteristics of each vaccine brand, they lack information," the local chief executive explained.
"I myself am not educated on this. it's the duty of the FDA [Food Drug Administration], health professionals to choose what is safe and most effective and we at the LGU, if we know what has been provided EUA [Emergency Use Authorization] by the FDA," Belmonte said.
An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) is a mechanism to facilitate the availability and use of medical countermeasures, including vaccines, during public health emergencies, such as the current COVID-19 pandemic.
"It's our duty to inform residents to be vaccinated because we can assure them that the vaccine has undergone stringent protocols by the regulatory agency," she added.
To recall, the QC-LGU earlier signed a tripartite agreement with AstraZeneca for 1.1 million doses, or equivalent to 550,000 residents.
"But the problem is AstraZeneca can only allocate 750K doses, not that we don't have the budget," she explained.
"We have a P1 billion budget for that, we hope the National Government will support us with additional vaccines for the remaining residents," the mayor added. (PIA NCR)