Metro Manila mayors will be getting vaccinated for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) so the public can gain more confidence towards inoculation against the virus.
The government has already classified local chief executives (LCEs) as frontliners that qualifies them to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
“All of us 17 mayors have agreed to be vaccinated for Covid-19 so the people will gain confidence. We will see that the confidence of our residents will improve,” Parañaque Mayor Edwin Olivarez, who heads the Metro Manila Council, said in Filipino in a television interview.
“If the public can see mayors and governors vaccinated, their confidence will grow further,” he added in Filipino.
It was Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia who appealed to President Rodrigo Duterte to include LCEs in the top vaccine priority group after several city mayors were reported to have been infected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Leonardia, the national president of the 145-member League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), made the request in a letter dated March 31, 2021 addressed to the Duterte.
“We appreciate the approval to include the LCEs in the vaccination priority list as Category A4 or frontline personnel in essential sectors. The League, however, is respectfully appealing for the reclassification and inclusion of LCEs as frontline workers to be included in the Priority Group A1, considering the alarming cases of Covid positive mayors throughout the country,” he told the Duterte.
Some eight city mayors have already been infected for Covid-19 since last year, including Emy Calixto-Rubiano of Pasay City; Francis Zamora of San Juan City; Frederick Palanca of Victorias City; Gerald Gullas of Talisay City, Cebu; Joy Belmonte of Quezon City; Cris Garbo of Mabalacat City; Junard Chan of Lapu-Lapu City; and Majul Gandamra of Marawi City.