The government is aiming to vaccinate 50 to 60 percent of the country’s population against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The DOH said on Friday that aiming for that level of vaccination will help the population achieve “herd immunity.”
“When we were discussing and as directed by our vaccine czar Secretary Galvez, we would want to have this expanded coverage for this vaccine that at least 50 to 60 percent of the population can be vaccinated,” she told ABS-CBN News Channel. She was referring to Covid-19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.
“So if and when we have these vaccines’ priorities, we need to be able to cost as I have said the end-to-end process, and eventually we will be able to expand the coverage to include at least up to 50 percent of the population for these vaccines,” she added.
According to DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, the initial target for government was to 20 percent of the population. However, the target was raised to 50 to 60 percent during a meeting between the DOH and the National Task Force.
President Rodrigo Duterte has already approved the placing of advanced orders for a Covid-19 vaccine, as many countries have done the same in the past months since the virus started infecting millions of people worldwide.
Various countries as of August have placed orders for nearly 6 billion doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.As of the latest, the European Union has placed an advanced order for 200 million for a Covid-19 vaccine that is being tested by Pfizer and BioNTech, while the United Kingdom has ordered 5 million doses of Moderna’s own vaccine. JONATHAN ARACELI FOR SOVEREIGNPH