Fri. May 20th, 2022

The government sees no more reason for Filipinos not to get vaccinated as the country now has enough supplies of Covid-19 vaccines.

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“There is no more reason to have second thoughts on whether we should be vaccinated. The supply is already here. The only thing needed to be done is the implementation or to intensify our vaccination program,” National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 medical consultant Dr. Maria Paz Corrales said in Filipino during an interview shortly after the arrival of a total of 866,970 Pfizer vaccine doses at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Thursday night.

With that, the total volume of Covid-19 vaccines that the country has received so far has reached 121 million doses.

With sufficient stocks of vaccines at hand, Corrales said the government is now doing everything to ensure that Filipinos get themselves vaccinated.

“This is why advocacy programs, invitations are now all out. All sectors, all Filipinos are now being urged to get themselves vaccinated. Supply is no longer a problem,” she added in Filipino.

Meanwhile, Corrales said all vaccine brands that are available in the country will be deployed for the proposed National Covid-19 Vaccination Days set for November 29 to December 1.

“Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinovac, and Sputnik V, all of the five brands,” she added.

Corrales also said the measure is a “whole-government-approach” initiative which means that other government agencies like the Department of Health, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and the military will be involved.

Aside from government agencies, private organizations like religious groups, medical societies will also be participating in the event.

“We hope to reach 15 million Filipinos to be vaccinated for the three days, meaning to say the target is 5 million jabs per day (and) for three days, that’s a total of 15 million,” she added.

Corrales also hoped that everyone would participate in the vaccination program so that the country’s economic recovery could start.

The 866,970 Pfizer doses, which were transported by Air Hongkong Flight LD-456, arrived at around 8:30 p.m.

“On behalf of (NTF Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar) Secretary (Carlito) Galvez, we would like to thank the United States for facilitating the delivery of the Pfizer 866,000 doses,” Corrales said.

These Pfizer jabs, she added, will be used for the pediatric vaccination and will also be allotted for vaccination activities in the first quarter of 2022.

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