The most recent AZ shipment will be administered as second doses
When the AstraZeneca vaccine arrives in the country, the government will distribute most of it as a second dosage to individuals who got their first injections between May and June this year.
A statement from Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Chief Implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, said that the 1.5 million pills from the current shipment of 2,028,000 doses, which arrived Friday, would be given as second doses.
In addition, another 500,000 pills will be distributed to regions with a high concentration of elderly people (A2) and individuals with co-morbidities (A3) (A3).
Our COVAX vaccine supply will be used for our vulnerable sector, A1 (health care professionals and their families), A2, andA3, with priority given to individuals living in disadvantaged areas across the country, Galvez said.
The Philippines, according to Galvez, has given two doses to 8,274,916 old people, while 2,632,861 people got their first dosage.
An additional 1,039,710 people in the A3 group are also completely protected, while 3,184,933 people have received their first vaccination.
This past Friday, the COVAX Facility, which is headed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Gavi Alliance, delivered its sixth vaccine shipment.
Initially delivered in two batches in March, the first 525,600 AstraZeneca doses were followed by a second supply of 2,030,400 pills in May.
As of July 9, a total of 20,739,770 doses have been delivered to the Philippines.