The National Task Force said the Philippines had vaccinated at least 11 million Filipinos against COVID-19 as of July 2.
“Sa loob lamang po ng apat na araw, mula Lunes hanggang kahapon, one million doses po ang na-i-jab natin. At dahil po diyan, 11 million na po ang ating jabs na na-administer sa ating mga kababayan,” Deputy Chief Implemented Vince Dizon said.
(We were able to administer one million doses in the last four days until yesterday, so we reached the 11 million mark.)
“Kung magkakaroon pa tayo ng mas maraming supply ay nakakasiguro tayo na [mas] marami pa tayong maija-jab sa mga susunod na linggo at buwan,” Dizon added.
(We will be able to inoculate more people in the coming weeks and months as vaccine supply arrives.)
The Philippines has received 17 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various brands such as Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sputnik V, and Moderna.
Meanwhile, the administration of vaccines ordered by the private sector for workers and members of the Filipino-Chinese community is increasing after the arrival of the vaccine they procured in recent weeks.
In Parañaque, workers and members of the Filipino-Chinese community were given more than 500,000 doses of Sinovac ordered by a group of Filipino-Chinese businessmen.
NTF: PH vaccinates 11M Filipinos vs. COVID-19
The vaccination of Moderna vaccines ordered by another group of traders also started on Monday.
More than 1 million doses of AstraZeneca ordered by another group of traders are also expected to arrive this June.
Meanwhile, Senate Pro-Tempore President Ralph Recto said the government must ensure that all vaccines against the virus are available so that the people choose vaccines.
Recto explained that it is common sense that more people will be vaccinated if people are allowed to choose a vaccine brand.
Earlier, Senate Minority leader Franklin Drilon said the government should consider buying another brand of vaccine and not just focus on the Chinese brand Sinovac.
It is said that many more affordable vaccines are more effective against COVID-19.
However, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. insisted that the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine is “performing well and at par” with vaccines made by western countries.