Iloilo City to start vaccinations in May

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The city government of Iloilo plans to start vaccinating residents against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) this May.

First to receive the vaccines are persons 18 years old and above, said Mayor Jerry Treñas, adding that the priority sectors are the medical frontliners, senior citizens, local government frontliners, and the immunocompromised, among others.

Over the weekend, Treñas signed a tripartite agreement with British pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca and the National Task Force vs Covid-19. (

The deal would secure for Iloilo City 600,000 doses of AZD1222 Vaccine, enough for 300,000 city residents or 60 percent of the metro’s total population.

Treñas, also the chairman of the League of Cities of the Philippines’ Committee on Vaccine Procurement, said they will continue to talk to pharmaceutical companies so that other cities would also have access to the vaccines.