Galvez sees accelerated vaccination program as more supplies arrive

Published July 13, 2021, 11:02 AM

by Martin Sadongdong

The vaccination program against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is expected to pick up its pace this week as more jabs started arriving.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. presents updates on COVID-19 vaccination program on July 12, 2021. (Screenshot courtesy of RTVM livestream)

This was the assurance made by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. Monday night, July 13, after the delayed deliveries of the vaccines in the last week of June and early this month slowed down the vaccination program.

“The Philippines breached the 13th million mark in four days’ time after it breaches its 12th million mark despite some delay on deliveries last June and also [in the] first week of July. We are also expecting to increase our throughput or the administration of the vaccines in the succeeding weeks and months,” said Galvez, also the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, at President Duterte’s public briefing.

As of July 11, a total of 13,196,282 doses were already administered nationwide.

Of these, 9,669,940 individuals received their first dose while 3,526,342 others were fully vaccinated after getting two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

The delayed deliveries of Sinovac and Sputnik V vaccines from China and Russia in the past two weeks resulted to a stoppage of the vaccination program in some local government units (LGUs) particularly in Metro Manila.

Vaccination throughput from July 1 to 11, 2021. (Screenshot courtesy of RTVM livestream)

This was evident to the vaccination throughput data that was recorded from July 1 to July 7 where a total of 1,786,073 doses were administered — an average of 255,153 doses per day — while the vaccination throughput from July 8 to 11 only ranged from around 74,000 to 239,000 doses.

“Medyo bumagal po tayo last week due to delayed deliveries during the final week of the month [of June]. Pero maaasahan po natin, Mr. President, na tayo po ay babawi sa susunod na araw dahil marami po tayong darating na mga vaccine (We slowed down a bit last week due to delayed deliveries dduring the final week of the month. But we assure you, Mr. President, that we will pick up the pace in the coming days because we have a lot of vaccines arriving),” Galvez said.

Vaccine arrivals

This month, Galvez said around 14 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will be delivered in the country. These vaccines are composed of Sinovac, Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Moderna, and the country’s first ever shipment of single-dose vaccine from Johnson and Johnson (J&J).

Status of vaccination program as of July 11, 2021. (Screenshot courtesy of RTVM livestream)

On July 14 and 17, a total of 2.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccines will be transported from China to the Philippines.

This will be followed by 1.17 million doses of AstraZeneca on july 18 which were procured by the private sector.

The shipments containing some 500,000 doses of procured Pfizer jabs and around 3.2 million doses of Johnson and Johnson from the donations of the United States government to the Philippines through the COVAX facility, a global vaccine initiative, will arrive on July 19.

Further, around 250,000 doses of Moderna will arrive between July 21 to 27; another 2.5 million doses of Sinovac between July 24 to 25; around 375,000 doses of Pfizer on July 26; and 2.5 million doses of Sinovac between July 30 to 31.

Meanwhile, a total of 16.57 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines will arrive in August.