Fri. Jun 25th, 2021

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 and the Vaccine Cluster have refuted allegations that over one million Filipinos have missed their second shots.

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In a statement, the NTF said records from the National Vaccination Operation Center (NVOC) showed that only 9 percent, or roughly 113,000, missed their second doses, “clearly and significantly lower than the one million being cited by a certain health expert.”

“What is worrisome and questionable is that this medical expert, who is claiming this unverified figure, is not a member of NVOC and thus has no true and holistic picture of the government’s vaccine deployment efforts,” said NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. in a statement.

Galvez said what was disclosed were “mere conjectures and assumptions of his theory, and are not supported by accurate data since he is not grounded and exposed to field operations.”

If one claims to be working for the government, Galvez said “he is expected to be circumspect and responsible in giving pronouncements since these have major implications in the efforts being undertaken by hardworking individuals from the national and local governments, as well as the private sector.”

Different vaccine brands have their respective intervals between the first and second shots — from 21 days to 12 weeks.

Based on real data, roughly 2.5 million of the 5.5 million Sinovac doses were administered as complete doses, or 1.250 million individuals have been fully vaccinated. The remaining doses will be completed within June.

The first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine of about 525,000 doses that arrived in March were all administered within the same month as first dose.

AstraZeneca has a long spacing of eight to 12 weeks that is why the inoculation for the second dose just started this month.

The second dose was taken from the two million doses that arrived in early May. The remaining doses from this batch are currently being administered as the first shot.

The NTF also said that half of the initial 193,050 Pfizer doses that arrived on May 10 have been administered.

The second dose is scheduled to be dispensed this June as the recommended interval of the US-made jabs is 21 days.

The first 15,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine’s Component 1, which comprised the first dose, were fully administered in May, while its Component 2 consisting of another 15,000 doses were completely administered after a three-week gap.“These numbers clearly show that the claim made by the health expert that more than 1 million Filipinos missed their second dose is therefore unfounded and baseless,” Galvez said. SOVEREIGNPH

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