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As a booster injection, 2 million AstraZeneca jabs will be used.

After 2,005,300 doses arrived on Tuesday, the total number of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccinations purchased by the private sector has risen to 15 million.

The latest consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine acquired under the private sector’s “A Dose for Hope” program, according to Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, will mostly be utilized as booster injections for both the LGUs and the private sector.

Concepcion said after the AstraZeneca vaccine arrival at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Paranaque City that “the person who had taken the first two doses, they will start getting their boosters this next week.”

The remaining 1,981,500 doses of the 17 million AstraZeneca vaccines procured by the private sector, according to Concepcion, will arrive on December 29.

He also stated that the private sector’s purchase of the Moderna vaccine will be finished this month.

“Indeed, the Philippines has more than ample supply. Concepcion stated, “There is no reason why individuals should not get the vaccine.”

He urged the people to get vaccinated and booster doses by the first quarter of 2022, citing the approaching threat of the Omicron variety.

“I think it’ll be a significant boost if it comes this quarter, with the National Capital Region (NCR) being fully vaccinated, the ramping up of “vax to the max” in Visayas and Mindanao, and the boosters being approved now for three months,” Concepcion added.

Maintaining Alert Level 2

Meanwhile, he stated that the private sector has decided to keep the country’s Alert Level 2 status until January 2022, claiming that lowering the restrictions to Alert Level 1 would “not enhance your sales.”

“Perhaps we’ll be able to conduct face-to-face classes.” However, we will only support it provided our children are properly vaccinated up to the age of 17 and between the ages of 5 and 11, according to Concepcion.

Meanwhile, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the Philippine government’s vaccine czar, commended the private sector, particularly Go Negosyo and “more than 300 business giants,” for their contributions to the immunization program.

Galvez estimates that the Philippines will have roughly 210 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.

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