The country has administered a record-high 120,000 vaccinations in a single day as it marked the administration of more than three million doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) jabs, a National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 official said.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., vaccine czar and NTF chief implementer, reported to President Duterte during his “Tak to the Nation” address that a total of 120,529 jabs were given on May 15, the highest recorded number of vaccination in a single day since the inoculation program started on March 1.
“Noong March, umabot po tayo ng 40 days bago tayo naka isang milyon. Then ganun din po ‘yong April na isang milyon noong 30 days. Ngayon nakuha po natin ang isang milyon na 17 days at nakita natin ‘yong volumes dumating lang noong May 17. Ang aming nakita from 30,000 per day, nakabreach na po tayo ng 120,000 jabs a day (In March, it took us 40 days before we reached one million [vaccines administered]. It was the same in April when it took us 30 days to reach another one million. Now, we reached another one million in 17 days and we saw that the volumes just arrived on May 17. We saw that from 30,000 per day, we breached 120,000 jabs a day),” Galvez said in a pre-recorded video of the Cabinet meeting on Monday night, May 17, but was aired on Tuesday morning, May 18.
As of May 17, the vaccine supply stands at 7,779,050 doses where 7,149,020 doses were already distributed to various hospitals nationwide.
Of these, the country has utilized 3,001,875 vaccine doses: 2,282,273 doses were given as a first dose while 719,602 doses were used for the second dose.
A total of 4,147,145 doses have yet to be administered while 630,030 doses remain in the inventory.
However, Galvez said they are facing a dillema with the observed vaccine hesitation among the A2 and A3 priorities or the senior citizens and persons with co-morbidities.
“Nakita po natin na ito ang isang malaking problema, sa A2 at A3 may iba na resistant po Mr. President kaya kailangan po natin mapangaralan po ang ating mga A2 or senior citizens at may co-morbidities [A3] na magbakuna sila (We saw that we have one big problem, there are others in the A2 and A3 who remain resistant Mr. President so we need to educate our A2 or senior citizens and those with co-morbidities [A3] to have themselves vaccinated),” he said.
The NTF is eyeing to vaccinate 16,424,963 people belonging to the A1 to A3 priority sectors as it aims to start the vaccination of the general public by June or July.
He said that once the vaccination of the 16 million population of A1 to A3 priorities is completed, the country may no longer have to worry about lockdown. These three priority sectors are considered as having the “burden of death and disease” as they are most vulnerable to being infected with COVID-19 and being hospitalized.
“Kapag nabakunahan ang A1, A2, at A3 iyon na po ang tinatawag natin na containment. Nacontain na natin ang hospitalization, nacontain na rin natin ang contamination sa vulnerable persons (If we vaccinate the A1, A2, and A3 it will signal the start of the [COVID-19] containment. We have contained the hospitalization and the contamination of vulnerable persons),” the chief implementer explained.
“Very significant kapag nakuha natin ang 16 million na population ng A1 to A3. Malaki ang pagasa natin na hindi na tayo magkakaroon ng lockdown kasi kaya na po ng ospital natin at kaya na natin ma-manage ang pandemic (It is very significant to [vaccinate] the 16 million population from A1 to A3. We have a very good chance to avoid lockdown because our hospitals will be able to shoulder [the cases] and we will be able to manage the pandemic),” he added.