The government aims to vaccinate up to 300,000 people daily once the bulk of vaccines for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) arrives in the country, which in turn will help attain the goal of vaccinating at about 50 million Filipinos this year.
“We have a goal of inoculating about 50 million Filipinos this year and to achieve that target, we need to be, for the remainder of the year, especially when the bulk of the vaccines comes in, is roughly about anywhere between 250,000 and 300,000 plus per day to reach that goal,” National Task Force against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said in a television interview.
“I would maybe give our vaccine cluster a couple of more weeks, a couple of more months so that the bulk of our vaccines can start coming in and then we feel and we believe that we can hit that target,” he added.
During the Laging Handa briefing also on Wednesday, Dizon said the Covid-19 immunization program for the general public could start by the middle of this year.
“Our objective is by mid-year we’re done inoculating our health care workers and senior citizens. That’s in time with the arrival of Moderna and other vaccines, then we can start the vaccination for the general public,” Dizon said in Filipino.
He added that next to healthcare workers and senior citizens, the priority sectors for the Covid-19 vaccines are those with comorbidities, non-medical front-liners like police, economic front-liners including public transportation drivers and wet market vendors, and indigent population.
To date, the Philippines has received a total of 1.125 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines – 600,000 of Sinovac’s CoronaVac donated by the Chinese government and 525,600 AstraZeneca vaccines were from the COVAX Facility that arrived in two batches.
“Of the 1.1 million doses that arrived, more than half or around 60 percent were distributed and deployed,” Dizon said adding the remaining vials are continuously being given to healthcare workers across the country.
Dizon said they are hopeful to receive more than 2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines this month.Of the expected 2 million doses that will arrive this month, 1.4 million vials are from Sinovac – 400,000 are the additional donation from China and 1 million doses ordered by the Philippine government. SOVEREIGNPH