Velasco asks IATF to prioritize NCR Bubble plus in vaccine rollout

House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco on Monday called on the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to prioritize the vaccination of residents living in the National Capital Region (NCR) and nearby provinces amid the spike in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

Velasco added that people in urban centers such as NCR, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal must be inoculated immediately once all medical frontliners nationwide are fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

“As we await large supplies of vaccines to come in, we urge the IATF to prioritize NCR Plus and other urban centers in our vaccine rollout so we can quell the surge in new infections in those areas,” Velasco said.

“But first and foremost, let us vaccinate all 1.7 million health care workers all over the country to make sure they are protected against COVID-19,” Velasco added.

At the same time, Velasco said that the IATF should also prioritize vaccine allocations to regional centers across the Philippines such as Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.

“Our efforts should be strategic as we wait for the time until our vaccine supplies become stable,” he said.

Approximately 10 million doses of vaccines are expected to arrive in the country by next month, while 15 to 20 million doses are set to be delivered in August.

As of 2 May, the Department of Health (DoH) announced 8,346 new Covid-19 infections, increasing the total tally to 1,054,983 while the pandemic death toll rose to 17,431 with 77 new deaths.

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