One hundred thousand doses of Sputnik V vaccines from Russia will be delivered to the country on Tuesday, June 8, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
Galvez, who is also the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, said Monday, June 7, that the Russian vaccines are part of the total 10,158,000 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines that the country expects this month.
Aside from the Russian vaccines, 5.5 million doses of CoronaVac jabs from China’s Sinovac Biotech will also be delivered in June. The first tranche, consisted of one million doses, already arrived on Tuesday, June 6, while the second tranche of another one million doses will be flown on Thursday, June 10.
The COVAX facility will also deliver 4.308 million doses of vaccines: 2,280,000 doses of United States-made Pfizer vaccines are slated to come on June 10 and 2,028,000 doses of British-Swedish vaccine AstraZeneca will be brought in the third week of the month.
Further, 250,000 doses of Moderna jabs from US that were procured by the private sector will be transported by the end of the month. Galvez said 195,000 doses will go to the government sector while 55,000 doses will be allotted for the private sector.
Galvez urged the public, especially those who belong in the A4 and A5 priority sectors, to get the vaccine as soon as possible and protect themselves against the dreaded illness. The A4 refers to economic and government frontliners while A5 is consisted of indigent population.
“Kung nariyan po ang bakuna sa inyong lugar, lalo na ang ating A4 at A5, huwag na kayong mag-atubiling magpabakuna. (If the vaccines are already in your area, especially those A4 and A5, do not hesistate to get vaccinated),” Galvez said during the symbolic vaccination of A4 sector at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
“Huwag na rin kayong mag-alala sa uri ng bakuna na ituturok sa inyo dahil ang lahat po ng ito ay ligtas at epektibo at karamihan po ay mayroong WHO [World Health Organization] emergency authorization (Do not worry too about the brand of the vaccine that you will get because all of these are safe and effective, and most are given emergency authorization by the WHO),” he added.
The government aims to vaccinate 70 percent of the 110 million total population to achieve the so-called “population protection” by the end of the year.
As of June 6, a total of 5,965,651 doses were already administered by the government.