Over 1.3 million Pinoys vaccinated vs COVID-19

More than 1.3 million Filipinos have been vaccinated against COVID-19 during the government’s two-month vaccination program.

According to data released by the Department of Health (DOH), as of April 21, 1,562,563 have been given.

Of that number, 1,353,107 received the first doses while 209,456 were given the second dose.

Up to 3,025,600 vaccines have arrived in the country and have been distributed to various local governments in the country.

According to the DOH, Sinovac’s supply is enough to give the second dose to those who have already been given the first dose. AstraZeneca’s supply is expected to arrive to give the second dose to those who were injected with the first dose.

Currently, less than 43,835 individuals are vaccinated per day. This is below the average of 47,545 on April 13th.

Over 1.3 million Pinoys vaccinated vs COVID-19

Up to 6 brands of COVID-19 vaccines can be used in the Philippines after the Food and Drug Administration approved the emergency use authorization (EUA) of 2 more vaccines.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on Tuesday that it has already given the EUA the Janssen of American company Johnson & Johnson and  of  from India.

Prior to that, the EUA had previously granted to Pfizer, , Sputnik V, and Sinovac.

But FDA Director-General Eric Domingo clarified that for now, the authorization given to is conditional.

The Indian firm Bharat Biotech needs to submit more documents for its COVID-19 , before it would be allowed to enter the Philippines, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said on Wednesday.

“Hindi po kailangang mangamba o mag-agam agam ang ating mga kababayan dahil binigyan naman ng conditional na EUA ang Bharat Biotech” (The public should not worry because the Bharat Biotech has been given a conditional EUA), Vergeire said in an online briefing.

She added, “[Ngunit] hindi pa rin po nila pwedeng ipasok ang kanilang mga bakuna dito sa ating bansa hanggang hindi po kumpleto ang kanilang requirements” (However, the Bharat Biotech cannot bring its vaccines into our country until the requirements are fully complied with).