Unahon sila! Iloilo mayors ready to get Covid-19 vaccine


Some mayors in the province of Iloilo are willing to receive the inoculation first to boost vaccine confidence.

“I’m willing to be injected as long as it’s a credible vaccine,” said League of Municipalities-Iloilo chapter chairperson and San Enrique Mayor Rosario Mediatrix Fernandez.

Fernandez said her local government allotted P1 million to procure and roll out coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccines. The priorities for vaccination are the senior citizens, persons with comorbidities and vulnerable sectors. (

There are people unwilling to get inoculated mainly due to concerns on the safety of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to Concepcion Mayor Raul Banias.

Banias, a physician, said the best way to convince Ilonggos to get immunized is for public officials to lead by example.

His municipal government earmarked P3 million for anti-Covid-19 vaccines.

Ajuy Mayor Jett Rojas, whose town allocated P10 million for the vaccines, echoed Banias’ sentiments, saying that he’s ready to take a vaccine that is effective and safe.

Pavia Mayor Laurence Anthony Gorriceta is also willing to be inoculated first.

“I am willing. We’ve allotted a P5-million budget for its procurement since July last year,” he said.