With the National Capital Region (NCR) under the critical or high-risk area, mayors and governors are now classified under A1 or the first priority group to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, understanding that local chief executives are now considered essential frontliners as announced by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“You have heard for a long time that we can all be part of the solution against Covid-19, as individuals this is your contribution in the fight against Covid-19. Like me, the vaccine I used was Sinovac, I don’t feel anything bad at all. So Normal. So let’s not be afraid,” Valenzuela City mayor Rex Gatchalian said after receiving his first dose of Sinovac.
“As long as the vaccine is FDA approved, it doesn’t matter which brand you use. The important thing is that we get vaccinated,” he added.
As of 31 March, the number of eligible frontline health workers to receive the Covid-19 vaccine from the Department of Health was at 4,571, with 3,886 individuals administered with the first dose, accounting to 85 percent, while 49 individuals have already completed their second dose of the vaccine.
As of Thursday, the number of vaccinated individuals in Valenzuela nears the 4,000 mark while vaccination still continues.
Meanwhile, Valenzuela City continues its localized targeted mass testing which started in March 2020.
As of 6 April, the city has now tested 10.14 percent of the projected 2020 population of 665,103, which is a total of 67,473 individuals tested.
Majority of the RT-PCR tests are processed with the city’s Valenzuela Hope Molecular Laboratory.