The government now has an oversupply of Covid vaccine doses and is encouraging more Filipinos to get vaccinated to protect themselves from the virus.
Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the country has now an “oversupply” of Covid-19 jabs as the current stock of vaccines exceeded the deliveries expected this year.
“If we look at it, we have more than enough vaccines. We are still trying to encourage everybody to get their vaccines, even their booster doses because we now have an oversupply,” Vergeire said in a television interview in Filipino.
Apart from the supply, Vergeire noted there are no problems with the country’s central storage because the vaccine doses are also immediately delivered to the local government units once they arrive.
As of Tuesday, the National Task Force on Covid-19 reported the country received a total of 166.852 million doses and 24 million more doses are expected to arrive this week.
To avoid wastage of certain doses, the Food and Drug Administration is working with vaccine manufacturers to extend the shelf life of vaccines like AstraZeneca.
Vergeire disclosed the shelf life of a batch of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines was extended earlier this year.
In June, the six-month extension for a batch of Pfizer doses was granted.
Vergeire clarified such approval “does not necessarily apply to the country’s entire vaccine supply.
“It will depend on the batches of these vaccines, specific batches of vaccines,” she said.