PH administers 8 million COVID-19 vaccines

Up to eight million COVID-19 vaccines have been administered to the people since the vaccination program began in March.

According to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), up to 8,050,711 have been distributed out of the 14,205,870 doses received by the country.

Some 5,953,810 received the first dose, and 2,096,901 completed the two doses.

Of those fully vaccinated, 1,053,378 or 94.24 percent were health workers (A1). A total of 1,939,599 senior citizens (A2) were given the first dose, while 536,476 were fully vaccinated.

Of the persons with comorbidities (A3), 498,925 received the two doses, while 2,005,206 received the first dose.

Of the essential workers (A4), 452,600 received the first dose, and 8,127 were fully vaccinated. A total of 23,826 belonging to the indigent sector (A5) were also vaccinated.

According to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, the Philippines and Pfizer signed an agreement for the country’s purchase of 40 million doses of the company’s COVID-19 vaccine.

According to Galvez, this is the largest vaccine procurement in the country this year.

Galvez said the vaccines are expected to arrive starting in August and will be distributed to all regions.

Galvez advised local government units to be prepared, especially since the temperature requirement for Pfizer vaccines is at -60 to -80 degrees Celsius.

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PH administers 8 million COVID-19 vaccines

As a result of the supply agreement, up to 113 million dozen different brands of COVID-19 vaccine have been secured by the country.

The COVAX Facility has also promised 44 million COVID-19 vaccines to be given to the Philippines this year.

The government is still negotiating to procure 16 million doses of Novavax and Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

Meanwhile, about 250,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the country by June 27.

Vaccine czar Jr. said, among the upcoming vaccines will be those purchased by the private sector.

In addition, an additional 1.5 million doses of Sinovac will also arrive on June 24, and this month also more than 150,000 doses of  V will arrive.

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