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SAMAR FIRST DISTRICT SOLON REQUESTS SUFFICIENT COVID VAX SUPPLY FOR THE PROVINCE; FILES HOUSE RESO TO STANDARDIZE VACCINE CARDS


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SAMAR FIRST DISTRICT SOLON REQUESTS SUFFICIENT COVID VAX SUPPLY FOR THE PROVINCE; FILES HOUSE RESO TO STANDARDIZE VACCINE CARDS
CALBAYOG CITY - The scarcity of COVID vaccine supply and the recent surge of COVID 19 cases in Eastern Visayas (that includes the province of Samar) prompted Samar First District’s Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento to address a letter, dated June 15, 2021 to the National Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), thru its Chairman Francisco T. Duque III.

Believing that inoculating 70% of the population will achieve high immunity and in wanting to “save lives and to move the economy” in the province of Samar parallel to the forecast of country’s economic managers, Cong. Sarmiento, in his letter, appealed “for a proportionate equitable share” from 6.4 million and the 11.6 million coronavirus vaccines due to arrive to the country in the months of June and July (this year), respectively, as announced by vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito G. Galvez.

The letter cited that since March 2021, Samar province received 41,114 doses while only 16,432 vaccines was received by the first district (of the province) which is a measly supply for a province with a population of 894,500 to include 353,357 in the first district as per 2020 record of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Congressman Sarmiento also informed the national IATF-EID Chair about the former's initiatives of having filed a House Resolution for the creation of a nationally and globally acceptable standardized vaccine cards of the country.
SAMAR FIRST DISTRICT SOLON REQUESTS SUFFICIENT COVID VAX SUPPLY FOR THE PROVINCE; FILES HOUSE RESO TO STANDARDIZE VACCINE CARDS
Meanwhile. the Congressional District Office based in Calbayog City implemented a massive campaign on encouraging people in the first district and the province of Samar to submit themselves to the COVID-19 vaccination program of respective local government employees.

Samar’s first legislative district is composed of one city (Calbayog) and 9 municipalities (Sta. Margarita, Gandara, San Jorge, Matuguinao, Pagsangjan, Tarangnan in the mainland and the 3 island towns of Sto. Nino, Almagro and Tagapul-an). (CJ/JMM)


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