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For youngsters aged 11 and under, the government purchases 15 million Pfizer doses.

According to a health official, the government has already purchased an additional 15 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine developed in the United States to raise immunization rates among youngsters in the country by 2022.

According to Dr. Teodoro Herbosa, the National Task Force’s (NTF) special medical consultant on Covid-19, these Pfizer doses will be supplied in January and February of next year.

“We’re doing fantastically well. We’re preparing booster dosages and second doses for Omicron’s arrival, and we’re continuing to procure. We ordered 15 million Pfizer children’s doses, which will be delivered in January and February “On Tuesday night, Herbosa received another delivery of 367,380 Pfizer tablets at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Herbosa stated that once the Pfizer shipments arrive in the Philippines, the government will begin immunizing youngsters aged 5 to 11 years old.

The government estimates that at least 13.5 million people in this age group will receive lesser doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

“In the interim, we’re catching up and attempting to speed up vaccination to raise the [number] of fully vaccinated in the Philippines so that we can be ready for the Omicron variant’s arrival,” Herbosa explained.

On Wednesday, the government welcomed the delivery of 1,981,500 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccinations procured by the private sector, and 2,005,300 doses on Tuesday.

‘Unwavering’ support from the private sector

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the NTF’s principal implementer, credited the private sector’s “unwavering” support for the extension of the national Covid-19 vaccination program, which led to economic recovery, in a statement.

“Thanks to your efforts, we were able to considerably increase our vaccine rollout, particularly among our important workers who are critical to our country’s economic recovery,” Galvez added.

According to the most recent data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard, 107,277,506 coronavirus doses were provided nationally, with 48,647,158 Filipinos receiving full protection and 1,614,505 receiving additional protection.

Since February of this year, the Philippines has received a total of 208,792,740 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, both purchased and donated.

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