The Philippines will receive 16 million COVID-19 vaccines this month, according to Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles.
In August, the country will receive 14 million doses of the vaccine.
On July 14, more doses of Sinovac will be used in priority areas, including NCR+8 areas, including Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.
The list of priority areas also includes Bacolod, Iloilo, Cagayan De Oro, Baguio, Zamboanga, Dumaguete, Tuguegarao, General Santos, Naga, and Legazpi.
The government has also deployed 1.1 million AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Japanese government in NCR+8 areas.
Meanwhile, of the 2.028 million AstraZenecas from the COVAX facility, about 1.5 million were used for the second dose, and 500,000 will be used for the first dose.
Based on its data alone, on July 9, there are already 20,607,570 doses of vaccines in the country.
Nograles, on the other hand, thinks that only in the National Capital Region (NCR), where there are small areas like San Juan, the government may have reached 70%.
The survey was conducted from June 7 to 16. It also showed that 36% do not want to get vaccinated.
16 million vaccines coming this July
The rest of the respondents were unsure of whether they will get vaccinated (16%) or have already been vaccinated (5%) either fully (2%) or partially (3%).
The Pulse Asia survey showed that the highest percentage of willingness to get vaccinated was registered in the National Capital Region at 55%, followed by Mindanao at 48%.
Willingness to get a COVID-19 vaccine registered low percentages in Balanced Luzon and Visayas — 38% and 39%, respectively.
Meanwhile, 50% of those under ABC class are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which was higher than the 42% and 38% in Class D and E, respectively.
The Pulse Asia poll was conducted on 2,400 respondents aged 18 years old and above. It has a ± 2% error margin at the 95% confidence level.
The subnational estimates for each of the geographic areas covered in the survey (i.e., Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao) have a ± 4% error margin, also at a 95% confidence level.