THE city government of Angeles in Pampanga is set to launch its vaccine-to-rice program, where a resident senior citizen vaccinated for the first time will receive five kilograms of rice.

Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr. said this is a form of reward to encourage the elderly to get vaccinated.

This vaccine-to-rice program will be conducted from Sept. 26-29, 2022, at the Angeles City Hall Legislative Building.

"The vaccine is our protection against the virus, that is why I am enticing our grandfathers and grandmothers to get vaccinated," Lazatin said.

Meanwhile, senior citizens who wish to get their second dose of vaccines and booster shots are also welcome to visit the Legislative Building on the mentioned dates, provided they bring their vaccination cards.

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To date, 405,190 Angeles City residents have already received their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; 382,420 received the second dose; 91,849 received the first booster shot; and 9,849 received the second booster shot.

To recall, Angeles City is one of the 23 highly urbanized cities in the country to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

Angeles City is also the only local government unit with a blended vaccination scheme such as the Ronda Bakuna and the Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay programs, according to IC Calaguas, chief implementer of the city government's vaccination program.

The Ronda Bakuna sa Barangay is the delivery of vaccination service right at the doorsteps of Angeleño families using three mobile bus clinics. The Sundo Bakuna sa Barangay program picked up residents from the villages and took them to the city's two mega vaccination sites for free on board six Philippine Rabbit buses and 10 jeepneys.