By Felipe V. Celino
ROXAS CITY, Capiz – After the successful kickoff of the vaccination program for medical frontliners at Roxas Memorial Provincial Hospital (RMPH) and district and private hospitals here, medical frontliners from the 16 towns of Capiz and senior citizens will be the next target of the provincial government’s vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Capiz Governor Esteban Evan Nonoy Contreras made the statement after frontliners from the district hospitals in the province and the private hospitals were inoculated Thursday last week.
Contreras confirmed that more shipments of vaccines will arrive this week.
“The most important thing here is the protection of our frontliners in the different towns that were assigned in their respective Rural Health Unit and health centers because they are facing suspected COVID-19 cases daily,” the governor said.
Contreras said that should the Roxas City government wish to vaccinate frontliners of the City Health Office (CHO), he will accommodate them.
Contreras said that it’s hard for the local government units (LGU) to get the vaccines because the national government has priority places for the jabs.
The provincial government was authorized by the Department of Health (DOH) to distribute the vaccines except to the highly urbanized cities.
The vaccines are free from the national government but the provincial capitol plans to purchase its own vaccines once the supplies are available.