Legazpi City mayor says health officials included him in vax list

Legazpi City mayor says health officials included him in vax list

LEGAZPI CITY – Mayor Noel Rosal on Wednesday said he has actually no plans of getting vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) but he was listed by health authorities as among those to be inoculated to boost vaccine confidence among health workers.

“Actually, I did not volunteer or signify to be vaccinated,” he said in an interview.

Rosal was among the five local chief executives who were issued a show cause order by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) for allegedly skipping the vaccination priority queue.

He added that the Department of Health (DOH) and the City Health Office listed his name in the lineup of medical front-liners to be inoculated to entice various health care workers assigned in villages who were unwilling to be inoculated especially with China’s Sinovac jabs.

Rosal said his inclusion in the initial list of vaccine recipients was approved by DOH Bicol director, Dr. Napoleon Arevalo who even informed him of the matter before the vaccination day.

During the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination program here on March 16, the city health office reported that out of a total of 1,269 health workers, 1,145 were willing to be vaccinated, 109 were undecided and 19 were unwilling.

Meanwhile, lawyer Anthony Nuyda, DILG regional director and Bicol Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (BIATF) chairperson, in a phone interview, said he has yet to receive the show cause order against Rosal.

He, however, said he will immediately direct Rosal to explain once his office formally receives the order. (PNA)

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