June 20, 2021

The 8M threshold is broken by PH-administered jabs

The amount of Covid-19 vaccines given out in the Philippines has surpassed eight million.

According to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), a total of 8,050,711 vaccines have been given countrywide as of June 18, 2021.

The initial dosage was administered to 5,953,810 people out of the total.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the main implementer of the Countrywide Task Force Against Covid-19, stated the national immunization program would not be slowed down.

In a press release, he stated, “All sectors of society are working together so that we can begin to move on from this epidemic, bring back a better sense to our lives, and further open up our economy.”

“Local government units (LGUs) and the business sector are both playing important roles in this endeavor, as they increase vaccination rates among their people and workers, respectively. They’re doing an incredible job, and we want to commend them on their dedication,” he said.

To far, 94.24 percent of health care professionals (A1) have been vaccinated, while 1,939,599 elderly people (A2) have gotten their first dosage and 536,476 have obtained their complete vaccination.

2,005,206 people with comorbidities (A3) have got their initial vaccinations, whereas 498,925 have received both.

452,600 people were given their first dose of vaccine for the economic front-liners (A4), while 8,127 were already completely immunized.

The A4 category vaccine started on June 7, but is only available in the National Capital Region (NCR), Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal, where Covid-19 cases are prevalent.

In chosen LGUs throughout the NCR, at least 23,826 impoverished people received their first dosage.

The tendency is upward.

“Vaccination throughput is currently on an increasing trend across all priority categories.” This is a really positive sign that vaccine apprehension is being addressed, and more Filipinos, particularly our elderly people, are now ready to be immunize,” Galvez added.

“We are pleased that public awareness of Sinovac has grown considerably. The consistent supply of doses, especially of this brand, will allow us to expedite the inoculation of the A4 priority group and deliver much-needed vaccinations to developing hotspots throughout the country,” he said.

The country’s greatest daily immunization rate of 322,929 shots was achieved on June 15, according to the vaccine czar.

This month, the nation maintained a weekly jab rate of more over 1 million for two weeks in a row.

A total of 1,252,234 doses were given out from June 12 to 18.

There are currently 3,991 immunization locations throughout the country. The NVOC has distributed 11,731,640 vaccine doses throughout the country since the initiative began in March.

“We will maintain our momentum,” Galvez said, noting that a continuous supply of vaccinations is expected in the next weeks and months.

Supply of vaccines

As of June 19, the nation has received a total of 14,205,870 doses, including those given by other countries and those bought by the government and private sector.

Sinovac, Sputnik, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca are the vaccination brands.

The nation got 5,876,820 doses in the first three weeks of June, including 3.5 million Sinovac doses, 2,276,820 Pfizer doses from the COVAX Facility, and 100,000 Sputnik V doses.

Sinovac has already confirmed the delivery of another 1.5 million on June 24, according to Galvez.

On June 27, a total of 250,000 Moderna dosages, including those bought by the private sector, are expected to arrive.

In June, the COVAX Facility will send 2,028,000 AstraZeneca doses, as well as 150,000 doses of Sputnik V (component 2) vaccinations.

Galvez said, “We also anticipate to get the US contribution of vaccinations by the end of June.”

In July, Galvez anticipates the government to get 11,670,000 doses, including 4.5 million Sinovac injections and 1 million doses of Moderna and Sputnik V vaccinations, according to Galvez.

In July, the first shipment of 1.17 million AstraZeneca doses ordered by the private sector is expected to arrive.

Next month, the COVAX plant will increase its supplies by 4 million doses of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech.

Israeli specialists will pay a visit to the Philippines.

Galvez also said that three specialists from Israel’s Ministry of Health are expected to visit today to discuss their vaccination deployment expertise.

“Their presence in the Philippines will aid in the fine-tuning of our vaccine campaign. We want to learn from Israel’s finest methods and, hopefully, reproduce and use them in the development of our country’s policies,” Galvez added.

The efficient rollout, safe handling of vaccinations, and increased public adoption, he added, would be among the issues addressed during the consultation meeting.

The Israeli team, which will be in the Philippines till June 25, will meet with leading medical specialists and tour immunization sites.

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