The City of Parañaque is preparing $1 million after it signed an agreement with AstraZeneca Pharmaceutical Phils. for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine for residents.
Mayor Edwin Olivarez said the multilateral agreement for the advanced purchase of AZD1222 vaccine in the Philippines was sealed last Sunday.
The AZD1222 vaccine was developed by AstraZeneca UK in partnership with Britain’s Oxford University. It is being made available by AstraZeneca at a “no profit, no loss” arrangement during the duration of the pandemic.
“The purchase price is for $5 per dose or a total of $1 million for the city government,” said Olivarez.
He said residents will be vaccinated for free.
Quezon City, Manila and other highly urbanized cities in Metro Manila has already signed a deal with AstraZeneca for the advance purchase of COVID-19 vaccine.
“Once these vaccines are delivered, we shall immediately roll out a vaccination program that will cover the most vulnerable population, including our frontline workers and senior citizens,” Olivarez said.
Aside from the AstraZeneca jab, the city government also expressed interest in acquiring vaccines from other reputable drug manufacturers like Janssen, Pfizer-BioNTech, and Moderna.
City health officer Olga Virtusio said the local government is planning inoculating up to 119,200 residents during Phase 1 of the vaccination program covering frontline workers, uniformed personnel, persons with disabilities, senior citizens, and indigents.
The goal is to reach a 90 percent vaccination coverage to attain an approximate 70 percent herd immunity of the critical population, Virtusio added.