Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso signed on Friday the authorization for the release of a 20 percent advance payment worth P38.4 million for the COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

The city government has secured an advance purchase of 800,000 COVID-19 vaccines from the British-Swedish biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca.

The release of advance payment for the COVID-19 vaccines came from the city’s budget.

Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado on Feb. 12 said the Government Procurement Reform Act only allows advance payment equivalent to only a maximum of 15 percent of the cost of government-financed projects.

President Duterte signed on Feb. 18 a memorandum order increasing the limit for advanced payments for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccines.

Domagoso also said to strictly follow the health protocols mandated by the Department of Health.

“Let’s keep practicing the health protocols mandated by the Department of Health and let’s keep refining our mass vaccination simulation exercises, “Domagoso said.

“Parating na ang bakuna pero hindi pa rin tayo dapat maging kampante (The vaccine is coming soon but we can’t let ourselves be complacent),” he added.

The city government is ready for the arrival of the vaccines after its COVID-19 Vaccine Storage Facility at Sta. Ana Hospital officially opened on Feb. 11.

The local chief executive repeatedly said that mass vaccination is the key to the city’s economic recovery.

The city government  also launched, a website where people can pre-register if they want to get vaccinated. Over 88,000 individuals have already pre-registered for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The local government has also identified at least 18 vaccination sites in the city.

Domagoso urged people to get vaccinated as the city government will be giving away free vaccines. He is also willing to be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to assure those who are wary about getting inoculated.  

Source: Manila Bulletin (