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Health Secretary Francisco Duque III commended the city government of Navotas for its success in its response against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 pandemic.

Duque and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, among other members of the COVID-19 Vaccine Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) Team, visited the Navotas Polytechnic College to inspect the city's cold room and vaccination center.

In his speech, Duque noted that "Navotas City is worth acknowledging and recognizing because of its success in its COVID-19 pandemic response."

Duque said the city has 2% positivity rate, 3.4% lower than the national positivity rate. It also logged the lowest case fatality rate at 1.7%, compared to the 2% national fatality rate.

The health secretary also mentioned that the city recorded 1.53% average daily attack rate for the last two weeks, -17.5% two-week growth rate, and zero healthcare utilization rate.

"The numbers will reveal for themselves and reflect the effectiveness, the commitment, the dedication of all of the city government of Navotas in leading its people towards an absolutely effective response to COVID-19 pandemic," he said.

"We see the fruits of your collective labor. This is a model worth emulating by other NCR [National Capital Region] cities," he added.

The City Health Office presented Navotas' vaccination rollout plan, noting that the city aims to inoculate 107,000 eligible vaccinees across 20 vaccination sites.

It also targets to vaccinate 100 individuals per day per site or a total of 2,000 daily.

Navotas has signed a tripartite deal to purchase 100,000 doses of Astrazeneca vaccines, sent order for 10,000 doses from Moderna, and expressed intention to buy 40,000 doses from Pfizer.

It also purchased a bio refrigerator, transport coolers, and three ultra-low-temperature freezers.

"We have conducted a series of dry runs to keep our vaccination teams ready for any eventuality. We want our rollout safe and smooth that's why we also study the vaccination procedures of other countries so we may learn from their experiences," Mayor Toby Tiangco said.

Meanwhile, Cong. John Rey Tiangco conveyed the city's plan to address low vaccine confidence.

"The city government has invited health experts to educate Navoteños about COVID-19 vaccines. We hope that as we correct misconceptions, we will also be able to allay their fears and eventually convince them to get vaccinated," he said.

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