Over 2 million people fully vaccinated vs COVID-19 in PH

Published June 17, 2021, 1:20 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

Over 2 million people have completed their two-dose vaccination against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country as the government stepped up the free inoculation effort.

Health workers prepare for the COVID vaccine rollout for A5 priority group in Manila on June 16, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/ Manila Bulletin)

In the race to vaccinate the population, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque said 7,563,241 million doses have so far been administered in the country, including 5,551,087 million who got the first dose with 2,012,154 million receiving their second dose.

“Mahalaga na makuha ang second dose ng COVID-19 vaccine para magkaroon ng kabuuang proteksyon laban sa virus (It is important to get the second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to get complete protection against the virus),” Roque said during a televised press briefing Thursday, June 17.

The list of fully vaccinated individuals include 1,021,531 million health workers, 513,711 are seniors, 469,747 people with comorbidity, and 7,165 essential workers as of June 16.

The country has so far received 14.2 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, including the 1.5 million doses from Sinovac jabs that arrived in Manila Thursday morning. The government has started to vaccinate essential workers this month, after initially prioritizing the health workers and senior citizens.

The country has recorded more than 1.3 million coronavirus cases, including 23,121 deaths, as of June 16.