Mayors’ inclusion in tier 4 of vaccine priority list lauded

By Lade Jean Kabagani

March 20, 2021, 7:23 pm

<p>San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora <em>(PNA file photo)</em></p>

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora (PNA file photo)

MANILA – San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora on Saturday thanked the Department of the Interior and Local Government for approving the inclusion of mayors under Category 4 for the Covid-19 vaccination program priority list.

As front-liners on a daily basis, Zamora said they execute on the ground the policies formulated by the Inter-Agency Task Force regarding Covid-19 interventions.

“As such, we are exposed to the threat of the virus on a daily basis as well," he said in a statement.

As the vaccination campaign rolled out nationwide, Zamora volunteered to get his shots to encourage more of his constituents to do the same.

"I myself have been infected with the Covid-19 virus, though as an asymptomatic patient," he said.

Zamora said including mayors on the essential workers' list will assure unhampered services, response, and intervention for residents.

"The delivery of basic services to our people will be sustainable and will not be disrupted due to the infection of the local chief executive," he said.

Zamora urged anew residents to sign up for vaccination via or visit their barangay offices for manual registration.

The city government has been conducting a house-to-house vaccine campaign to assist more residents who want to sign up.

As of March 17, San Juan already has 34,775 registrants willing to get free Covid-19 vaccines. They are about 40.72 percent of the targeted population.

Of the total, 3,456 are medical workers.

The city government eyes to inoculate at least 70 percent of the city's estimated 85,400 population. (PNA)