KALIBO, Aklan–Sangguniang Bayan member Augusto Tolentino wants public schools and churches in Kalibo, Aklan, as vaccination sites once the vaccines for COVID-19 become available.
He is urging the Department of Education-Division of Aklan and the Diocese of Kalibo to allow the utilization of the said facilities for the vaccination program.
“Schools and churches have prime locations with parking lots. Their auditoriums and classrooms converted into inoculation sites will be of big help in the massive COVID-19 vaccine rollout,” said Tolentino, adding that the more vaccination sites there are, the more people will be vaccinated.
He is hoping these partnerships other than with the hospitals will reach the vulnerable populations and underserved communities throughout the province.
He also believes that church leaders helping health authorities in emergency situations would assure the people of the safety of the vaccines.
The councilor also urged the barangay captains to identify the priority recipients of COVID-19 vaccines for the vaccination program.
“We call on all residents to support public health measures. Get vaccinated,” Tolentino stressed.
The town of Kalibo has allotted P50 million for the initial vaccination plan. Last month, the local government unit submitted a letter of intent with a vaccine manufacturer to supply AstraZeneca vaccines with which to inoculate health care workers, senior citizens, and indigent families.
The province of Aklan is also targeting to immunize up to 70 percent of its population against the deadly coronavirus.
As of January 31, 2021, the province of Aklan has a total of 620 confirmed cases, 60 of which are active and 21 are deaths./(Boy Ryan Zabal/INews-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)