With the delivery of 10 million vaccines in June, the vaccination rate is expected to “rebound.”
The country’s average vaccination rate has dropped significantly owing to a shortage of Covid-19 vaccinations, especially in the latter week of May and the first week of June, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19.
“Bumaba po ang ating average vaccination considering ‘yong ating delivery po noong last week ng May at saka po ‘yong first week of June ay naantala po,” Galvez said at the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases meeting.
Galvez, who is also the country’s vaccine czar, said the country’s immunization program’s seven-day moving average has decreased “due to a shortage of supplies.”
With the upcoming delivery of 10 million immunizations this month, he said the rate is “anticipated to recover.”
“So, this June 6, nagkaroon lang po ng delivery, kahapon lang po,” she says (We just had a delivery this June 6, it was just yesterday). But the good news is that COVAX and GAVI have stayed focused and dedicated to vaccinating at least 30% of the world’s population,” he stated.
He stated that the Philippines would get 4.2 million doses of Pfizer vaccinations this month.
Galvez said that the government and Pfizer BioNTech are close to finalizing a supply deal for the delivery of 40 million doses.
“In the third quarter, Pfizer will supply around 15 million doses, with the remainder coming in the fourth quarter.” “That would be really beneficial to us,” Galvez said.
On June 10, 100,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V vaccinations from the Gamaleya Research Institute will arrive.
Following the delivery of one million doses of Sinovac’s CoronVac vaccine last Sunday, the nation will get two million additional CoronaVac vaccinations on June 10 (one million) and June 17 (two million) (one million).
“We are demanding that another one million or 500,000 doses be sent on June 17 so that we can utilize the vaccines for our A4 priority group and our business sector at the very least,” Galvez added.
He stated that the remaining 2.5 million Sinovac vaccine doses would be given “in the fourth or final week of June.”
On June 21, the World Health Organization (WHO)-led COVAX facility will distribute 2.28 million Pfizer vaccine doses, while Moderna will provide 250,000 doses.
Within the third or fourth week of this month, the COVAX plant will deliver 2,028,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Galvez expressed optimism that all 11,058,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine would be delivered on time this month.
He expects consistent vaccine supply to begin on June 21, including the delivery of 1,170,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine bought from the private sector.
In August, the government expects to have around 17 million doses of vaccines in the stockpile.