Sat. Jul 24th, 2021

Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd on Monday administered the country’s 10 millionth dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 74-year-old Nieves Catacutan in a ceremonial vaccination in Valenzuela City that highlights the government’s vaccination program.

(Photo Courtesy: Philippine Star)

Catacutan, a resident of Barangay Gen. T De Leon, Valenzuela City, received her first vaccine shot under the A-5 priority or indigent priority group category of the vaccination rollout that started on March 1 this year.

The latest data of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 shows about 10,065,414 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide as of June 27.

Of the number, 7,538,128 Filipinos have received their first dose, while 2,527,286 are fully vaccinated.

The country’s average jab rate over the last seven days is at 236,867 doses across 1,231 active vaccination hubs.

Duque, also chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), commended the Valenzuela local government for utilizing around 80 percent of the more or less 250,000 doses of vaccines deployed in the city.

Malacañang expressed optimism that the government will be able to achieve its 500,000 daily vaccination rate target once the vaccine arrival becomes stable.

“We are confident that we will achieve our 500,000 daily vaccination rate target provided that the arrival of vaccine supply in the country will continue,” Roque said partly in Filipino in his regular Palace press briefing on Monday.

Roque announced the arrival of the first batch 249,600 doses of Moderna on Sunday night and additional 1 million doses of Sinovac on Monday.

As of June 28, the Philippines has received a total of 17,455,470 doses of vaccines, of which Sinovac accounts for around 12 million doses.

Other vaccines in the tally include jabs from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and Moderna.

Roque said the drive-through vaccination initiated by different groups including the City of Imus in Cavite in partnership with Robinsons and by Vice President Leni Robredo is supported by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Roque said Imus is just one of the local government units that will implement drive-through vaccination in partnership with the private sector, particularly Robinsons malls, to boost the country’s vaccination program.

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