The Philippines achieved another milestone in its national vaccination program with the administration of 472,356 coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines nationwide last July 22, the highest the country has registered so far.
With this development, 5.560 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated while 10.866 million doses have been given as the first dose.
“We are now past the crawl and walk stages, as we gradually run towards our goal of inoculating half a million Filipinos per day this quarter. This is a preview of better things to come in the remaining six months of 2021,” National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar, Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr. said on Friday.
“Despite the inclement weather, our implementing units have remained resilient and are committed to inoculating more Filipinos. We are grateful to all front-liners in the government and the private sector who continue to serve the public despite the many challenges we continue to face,” Galvez added.
The NTF earlier announced that with the continuous arrival of vaccine supplies, including the donated single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the government will focus on protecting the most vulnerable sectors, particularly senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3).
In its latest report, the task force said the country’s vaccine throughput for the A2 and A3 priority groups continues to go up.
Out of the 16.4 million total jabs administered since the vaccine program started, 2.8 million were given as the first dose to senior citizens, while 1.4 million doses were given to them as the second shot.
Meanwhile, 3.5 million doses were administered to the A3 group as the first dose, while 1.8 million of the sector’s members are now fully vaccinated.
“We are happy to see that the trust and confidence of our people, especially senior citizens, the sick and persons with disabilities in the vaccines is getting higher,” NTF deputy chief implementer and testing czar Secretary Vivencio Dizon said.
“The upward trajectory of our daily vaccination output in all priority sectors says so many things in the ongoing program — our vaccine supply inventory is expanding and the vaccine confidence of the Filipino people is increasing. We want to keep this trend as we aim for 750,000 daily jabs in the next quarter,” he added.