PULILAN, BULACAN-The local government of Pulilan has already started inoculating some 3,000 town residents of their first dose of COVID-19 vaccines.
The local government was able to use the acquired COVID-19 vaccines from the tripartite agreement it signed last January 2021, with funds coming from the town’s P20-million Bayanihan savings.
On Friday, Pulilan Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo, together with personnel from the Municipal Health Office (MHO), led the vaccination roll-out held at SM Pulilan. Some 3,000 Pulilenyos, most of which came from priority sectors such as A2 or senior citizens, A3 or persons with comorbidities and A4 or frontline personnel and economic sectors, were inoculated.
Also, some members of the Bulacan-based local media were able to avail of the first dose of AstraZeneca vaccines sponsored by the municipality.
Other media members from the Bulacan Press Club Inc. have already completed their second dose of Sinovac vaccine sponsored by the provincial government through the initiative of Governor Daniel Fernando who wanted that every Bulakenyo to be inoculated.
Montejo said Pulilan residents who were inoculated with their first dose from the supplies coming from the Department of Health (DOH) through the provincial government of Bulacan were at 26 percent or 21,400 individuals.
She said to achieve the herd immunity, Pulilan needs to vaccinate at least 78-80 thousand residents from the town’s 120,000 population.
“Sa 78-80k na need mabakunahan for the herd immunity, 3k palang ang dumating sa binili nating bakuna at maliit pa lang iyon. More than 50k pa ang need para sa target na mabakunahan. We are confident that by the end of this year or maybe early next year mai-deliver na lahat ng vaccines,” the mayor said.
As of July 20, Montejo said, they have three COVID-19-free villages, but the local government’s concern is the continuous increase of COVID-19 cases in the town due to some factories allegedly allowing workers who have tested positive to work.
The mayor assured that these factories are currently being investigated.
Based on the report from the Pulilan Municipal Health Office, as of July 19, confirmed COVID-19 cases has already reached 1,603, while those who recovered were 1,453, with 58 deaths and 92 active cases.