Napag-iiwanan na: Joey Salceda appeals for bigger COVID-19 vax supply for Bicol

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By Billy Begas

Albay Rep. Joey Salceda has renewed his call for more vaccine supply for the Bicol region.

Salceda said the region has vaccinated a mere 10% of its population, which is “among the lowest in the country.”

“While other regions like NCR (National Capital Region) are already contemplating vaccinating minors, we are yet to even reach decent levels of vaccination for our priority populations,” Salceda said.

More than 87 million doses of COVID-19 have arrived in the country with more than 50 million doses already injected.

“Manila City, for example, has now vaccinated more than its own population. Imagine the vaccine inequity. Of course there will be vaccine hesitancy in these places, simply because there’s no one left to vaccinate,” Salceda added. “The point is, get more vaccines in regions that are under vaccinated, because here, we are aching for vaccines.”

In July, Salceda has urged the government for an equitable vaccine distribution.

Salceda also wrote a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Inter-Agency Task Force and National Task Force (NTF) informing them that his district has cold facilities capable of storing 190,200 doses of Pfizer or 312,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

“Vaccination is very crucial for our provinces, especially for regions as geographically dispersed or expansive as Bicol. While it’s easier for one from Caloocan to seek medical attention in Muntinlupa, it is virtually impossible in Bicol, if say residents from Catanduanes or Masbate have to go to Camarines Norte for a similar purpose,” he pointed out.