PASIG CITY, Jan. 27 (PIA) -- All 17 mayors of Metro Manila are ready for the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today said.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said Metro Manila mayors met virtually last night with the officials of Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), led by chief implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., discussed plans for the vaccination program as the arrival of first batch of COVID-19 vaccines nears.
"Secretary Galvez assured that the initial batch of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive before the end of February. I think they can finalize it in the next few days," Garcia said.
However, he did not disclose the brands of vaccines.
"There are three brands of vaccine which is expected to arrive by the end of February," Garcia added.
Garcia underscored the concentration of the vaccination program is focused on the National Capital Region and large cities like Cebu and Davao to further boost the economy, as these areas house the country's premiere business districts.
Further, the MMDA official said the National Task Force against COVID-19 will visit all LGUs in Metro Manila to check on their preparations and implan for the rollout of COVID vaccines.
"We all know that these vaccines are sensitive and will require proper handling and storage," Garcia stressed.
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, Garcia and other members of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team visited Pasig, the first LGU with Department of Health-World Health Organization-approved vaccination plan, to discuss the city government's preparations for COVID-19 vaccination. (PIA NCR)