June 21, 2021

Half of the 40 million Pfizer vaccines will be given to those aged 12 to 15

According to vaccine czar and National Task Force against Covid-19 main implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., half of the 40 million Pfizer-BioNTech vaccinations obtained by the Philippine government would be utilized for children aged 12 to 15.

Pfizer and the government agreed to provide 40 million vaccine doses by the third and fourth quarters of 2021, according to a contract inked on Saturday.

“Our initial goal was to have just 15 to 25 (million), but given that we are only allowing children to get vaccinated, like in Europe, the United States, and Israel, we anticipate that we will have to program or prepare for that,” Galvez told reporters in an interview.

Galvez said that once the expert group has given its approval and instructions have been published, the government would begin vaccinating individuals in the specified age range.

“We will do,” he promised, “after we get their permission for most vaccinations to be administered on children and the DOH sets the recommendations.”

Galvez is optimistic that the nation would be able to meet its goal of 184 million doses of Covid-19 injections by the end of the year, thanks to the Pfizer supply agreement.

Through purchase and contributions, the government has acquired a total of 14,205,870 doses of injections produced by Sinovac, Sputnik, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca as of June 19.

Galvez said that Sinovac has already verified the delivery of another 1.5 million pills on June 24, with another 250,000 doses, including those bought by the private sector, arriving on June 27.

This month, COVAX Facility will send 150,000 doses of Sputnik V (component 2) and 2,028,000 AstraZeneca 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. Next month will also see the arrival of the first shipment of 1.17 million AstraZeneca doses bought by the private sector.

Meanwhile, in July, the COVAX Facility will increase its delivery by 4 million doses of either AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech.

PHOTO: Courtesy of CANVA

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