The government is aiming to vaccinate at least 500,000 people daily for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) with the simultaneous inoculation of priority eligible groups.
Prioritization in the national vaccination program also depends on the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, according to National Task Force Against Covid-19 chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez.
“Once we have the steady supply of vaccines, we can synchronize, Mr. President, so that the LGUs (local government units) could maximize and become flexible to vaccinate the targeted 500,000 daily,” he said in a virtual public briefing late Monday.
President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed the arrival of 1 million doses of CoronaVac jabs on Monday, purchased by the Philippine government from Chinese biopharmaceutical company, Sinovac Biotech.
The first batch of the government-procured 25 million doses of CoronaVac landed at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on board an “all-cargo charter” Philippine Airlines flight PR361 from Beijing.
To date, a total of 2 million doses of CoronaVac are already in the country. The first batch (600,000 doses) donated by the Chinese government arrived on Feb. 28.
On March 4, the first shipment of 487,200 vaccines developed by British-Swede drugmaker AstraZeneca arrived from the COVAX Facility.
The Philippines began the inoculation of healthcare workers and other medical professionals under the A1 category on March 1.
Parañaque and Manila, meanwhile, have started inoculating its senior citizens (A2), with the nation’s capital city also adding persons with comorbidities (A3) on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, San Juan City began its A2 vaccination and Pasay its A2 and A3 groups.The four LGUs are either done or nearly done with its A1 lists. SOVEREIGNPH