As vaccine supply starts to stabilize, the government said there is the possibility that the entire adult population in the Philippine will be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by August.
National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the scenario is not a mere “wishful thinking”.
“By August, we expect that all seven vaccine manufacturers would be able to deliver more or less 15 to 20 million by August. That is not wishful thinking, since we have done simulations and we expect more deliveries,” Galvez said partly in Filipino during a Palace press briefing on Tuesday.
The seven vaccine sources are AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, Gamaleya, Novavax, and the COVAX facility.
What the government worries about more is vaccine hesitancy, which is at about 49 percent.
“The scary part is when we have volumes of vaccines but they are mostly just stored and would remain unused,” Galvez said partly in Filipino.
The government is gearing up for the vaccination of next priority groups A4 (economic front-liners/government workforce) and A5 (indigent population) between June and July.
“We see that the vaccine hesitancy is at 49 percent and we have to open the vaccination for those who are willing to get shots so that they can join the bandwagon,” he said partly in Filipino. “So we can vaccinate more individuals in September and October.”The government’s overall goal is to provide protection to at least 70 percent of the mass population within the year. SOVEREIGNPH