Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. xountry’s vaccine czar and Chief Implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) said the Philippines can now do more than 120,000 jabs a day.
On May 15, 2021, the Philippines recorded its highest number of jabs per day at 120,529.
But Galvez said the registration of those wanting to get vaccinated for Covid-19 is one of the challenges being faced by some LGUs. He said that what some LGUs and some private sector groups do is to go around communities to educate the public about the benefits of vaccination.
He added that the government is focusing its vaccination program in the National Capital Region, Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Batangas, Pampanga, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, which are all considered high-risk areas.
“We took the different target population of these areas and we identified about 70 percent of the population and we computed this, we divided it within six months or 180 days,” Galvez said in Filipino.
The government has allocated P82.5 billion for the procurement of vaccines, with P58 billion borrowed through the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.
“We have already spent about P4.5 million for Sinovac jabs and advance payment for the Gamaleya vaccines, and also our advance for Moderna. We also have an ongoing financing and we haven’t released it yet,” he explained. SOVEREIGNPH