Vaccine rollout: Nearly 93 percent of 3 million COVID-19 jabs distributed — NTF

Published April 14, 2021, 8:08 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The national government has deployed 92.58 percent of the total supply of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines across the country in a bid to continue the free inoculation program, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 bared Wednesday, April 14.

In a statement, the NTF said a total of 2,801,020 doses of the country’s total supply of 3,025,600 vaccine doses were already distributed as of April 13.

“In [a] span of one week, we were able to successfully distribute almost 900,000 doses to all our regions. This is a testament to our logistics handling and cold chain [capability], and shows we are ready to distribute vaccines quickly once [the] bulk of vaccine doses from our negotiations and from Covax arrive,” it said.

Meanwhile, a total of 1,093,651 individuals have already been inoculated with their first dose, affording them partial protection against the coronavirus.

The NTF added that 162,065 persons received their second dose, giving them the full protection and benefits that the vaccines provide.

Those vaccinated belong to the A1 to A3 priority composed of frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities. 

They were either given the CoronaVac vaccine from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech or AstraZeneca jab from British-Swedish firm of the same name.

The NTF said the government has teamed up with the private sector to expedite the deployment of vaccines and start the inoculation of A4 priority or the economic frontliners.

“This partnership will allow the government to protect more Filipinos much quicker, and will allow for a larger-scale rollout of vaccines upon arrival of the procured and donated vaccines come mid-year,” it noted.

The government is aiming to speed up the vaccination program as NTF Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., in a television interview on Tuesday, warned of another possible surge of cases in June or July.