PH administers 8M COVID-19 vaccines — Galvez

Published June 20, 2021, 1:50 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

More than eight million doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines have already been administered in the country, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 revealed on Sunday, June 20.

An airport employee receives a coronavirus vaccine shot during the vaccination rollout at the Manila airport on June 2, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

NTF Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said a total of 8,050,711 jabs have been administered nationwide as of June 18.

Of the figure, 5,953,810 were given as first dose while 2,096,901 were administered as second dose, making them fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

“There’s no letup in our vaccination campaign. All sectors of society are working together so that we can start to move on from this pandemic, bring back a greater sense to our lives, and further open up our economy,” Galvez said.

To date, 94.24 percent or 1,053,373 healthcare workers (A1 priority sector) have been inoculated by the government for free.

Some 1,939,599 senior citizens (A2) have received their first dose, while 536,476 have been fully vaccinated.

For persons with comorbidities (A3), a total of 2,005,206 individuals have been given their first jab while 498,925 have received both shots.

For the economic front-liners (A4), 452,600 were administered with their first dose while 8,127 have been fully vaccinated. The vaccination of the A4 category began last June 7 in “NCR Plus 8” areas.

Meanwhile, at least 23,826 indigent residents were given their first dose as some local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila started inoculating the A5 priority sector. The national government plans to open the vaccination of A5 priority sectore either later this month or in July once more vaccines arrive.

Galvez lauded the LGUs and the private sector for “playing a key role” in the immunization program as they ramp up the vaccination of the citizens and employees.

“We’re now seeing an upward trajectory in the vaccination throughput across all priority groups. This is a very good indication that vaccine hesitancy is being addressed and more Filipinos, especially our senior citizens, are now willing to get inoculated,” he said.

The country recorded its highest daily vaccination rate of 322,929 jabs on June 15.

For two consecutive weeks this month, the country maintained a weekly jab rate of more than one million per week. From June 12 to 18, the country administered 1,252,234 doses.

Vaccine arrivals

So far, the country has received 14.2 million doses of vaccines since the life-saving jabs started arriving in February. These vaccine brands include Sinovac, Sputnik V, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca.

Galvez said that Sinovac has already confirmed the delivery of another 1.5 million doses on June 24.

Some 250,000 Moderna doses, including those purchased by the private sector, were also confirmed to arrive on June 27.

The COVAX facility will also be shipping 2,028,000 AstraZeneca doses in June while 150,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccines are scheduled to be delivered later this month.

“We also expect to receive the US donation of vaccines before the end of June,” Galvez bared.

The initial release of US-donated vaccines to COVAX of about 80 million doses will provide a major boost to the facility’s efforts to provide nations around the world with much-needed doses, said Galvez.

In July, Galvez said the government expects to receive 11,670,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

These include 4.5 million doses of Sinovac; one million doses of Moderna; one million doses of Sputnik V; 1.17 million doses of AstraZeneca purchased by the private sector; and four million doses of donated Pfizer or AstraZeneca jabs from the COVAX facility.