Baguio City is planning to buy freezers to help in preserving the vaccines to be made available by the national government for pilot testing to some 20 to 30% of the city’s population.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the local government is currently verifying the volume of vaccines that could be stored by the freezers so that the city will be able to purchase enough for the vaccines that will arrive in the country and turned over for the pilot testing.
He said that the city will procure freezers capable of storing COVID-19 vaccines at minus 8 degrees Celsius to minus 2 degrees Celsius and similar freezers that can maintain temperatures of from minus 80 degrees Celsius to minus 40 degrees Celsius for vaccines that require storage at lower temperatures.
Baguio City, Magalong said, has been included as one of the pilot sites for the conduct of the vaccinations once they are available.
The mayor emphasized that COVID-19 cases in the city remain manageable.