It is feasible to provide 1.5 million dosages each day: NTF
Based on the increased vaccine production in recent days, the government is confident that it will meet its goal of 1.5 million doses administered every day.
The Philippines has administered a total of 70,677,771 doses nationwide, according to the latest data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard, with 31,868,120 Filipinos now fully vaccinated.
During the week of November 2 to 16, the average daily jab rate was 811,501 doses, with a weekly throughput of 5,582,227 doses, up from 5.4 million the previous week.
The government is on track to fully vaccinate up to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the lead implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.
“Mr. President, ang kagandahan po, paakyat ng paakyat ang ating highest weekly output. Ngayon po, nung nagreport kami sa inyo ay 5.4 [million], nung nagreport kami sa inyo ay 5.5 na. Meaning, Mr. President, lumalapit na po tayo sa ating monthly production na at least maka-25 million tayo ngayon (The good news is that our maximum weekly output is increasing.) We reported 5.4 million doses last week; now we have 5.5 million doses. In other words, we’re getting close to meeting our monthly objective of at least 25 million doses in November “During the pre-recorded Talk to the People telecast Tuesday morning, Galvez told President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Malaki po talaga na (a great) improvement,” Galvez added, “and we are very certain to achieve the 1.5-million milestone.”
The national government procured 81,256,780 doses out of a total of 124,914,000 doses.
A total of 54,236,229 units remain in the stockpile and are ready to be distributed.
Galvez said 17 million more pills will be supplied in the following days, including 3,530,400 doses of Sinovac procured by the government and acquired through the Asian Development Bank, which will arrive Wednesday morning.
“Meaning, ‘yung ating quota for the year of 70 million, makukuha po natin at ‘yung darating po ng December ay ‘yun po, pwede na po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating ilaan po nating Vaccines that will arrive in December can be reserved until the first quarter of 2022 “he stated
This is a national program.
According to Galvez, the National Capital Region has vaccinated 102.92 percent of its target population of 9,776,356 people with at least one dosage, with 9,005,703 people (92.12 percent) having finished their two doses.
It is followed by the Cordillera Administrative Region, which has vaccinated 572,047 people, or 44.83 percent of its 1,275,903 eligible population.
Other regions with increasing full vaccination rates include Davao, with 41.92 percent (1.5 million out of 3.7 million), Calabarzon, or Region 4-A, with 41.21 percent (4.7 million out of 11.4 million), Central Luzon, or Region 3, with 40.85 percent (3.5 million out of 8.7 million), and Northern Mindanao, or Region 10, with 35.54 percent (1.2 million out of 3.5 million).
Meanwhile, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) has the lowest vaccination rate, with only 322,246 persons out of a target population of 2,989,135 receiving full protection against the disease.
Vaccine hesitancy in diverse remote areas, according to Galvez, contributes to the meager yield.
He added that the NTF will enlist the help of other government agencies, including the military and security forces, the Transportation Department, and even the business sector, to expedite the delivery of Covid-19 vaccines to remote and physically isolated places like the BARMM.