Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

There is a systematic deployment of Covid-19 vaccines nationwide, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 medical adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa assured Monday.

(photo courtesy:lifespan.org)

The national vaccine operations cluster has an allocation system based on the number of vaccination centers per local government unit (LGU) and population.

“It’s been distributed prior to the arrival of the vaccines,” he said in a media interview in Filipino.

Herbosa also cited the importance of expediting the vaccination drive before granular lockdowns.

“You cannot vaccinate individuals residing in areas under granular lockdown so it’s very important that we can cover as many vaccinees as possible,” he said in Filipino.

He reiterated the significant impacts of vaccination on the reduction of fatality and hospitalization rates due to Covid-19.

“As you can see, the effect on the vaccinated individuals are only mild with very few deaths. In fact, our cases fatality rate is 1.63, recorded as the lowest since the start of the pandemic so I think this is the effect of the vaccines,” Herbosa said partly in Filipino.

Herbosa explained the correlation between vaccination and enforcement of granular lockdowns.

“The vaccine is really for the illness while the granular lockdown is to prevent further transmission so it’s like breaking the transmission through the granular lockdowns so that fewer people will get infected, but the vaccines are to protect individuals and avoid deaths,” he said.

Vaccine czar and NTF chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. previously said there is no favoritism in the distribution of vaccines.

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