Red Cross to offer Moderna jabs for P3,500
A file photo taken on April 22, 2021 in Monts, central France, shows vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at Recipharm plant.
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Red Cross to offer Moderna jabs for P3,500

Sheila Crisostomo (The Philippine Star) - May 18, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) will make Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines available for P3,500 for two doses for those who can no longer wait for the free jabs from government.

According to PRC chairman Sen. Richard Gordon, they ordered 200,000 doses of Moderna vaccines through business tycoon Enrique Razon, chairman of the International Container Terminal Services Inc.

Gordon said the vaccines are intended for 100,000 recipients, as Moderna jabs are a two-dose regimen.

“That’s our role also, we can vaccinate. If you are going to wait for the vaccines to come, it will be late. So those of you who cannot wait, you pay… P3,500, and that’s for two doses already,” he noted in an interview with ANC.

Gordon added they also wanted to order AstraZeneca vaccines but they were told that the jabs would only be available next year due to the global supply shortage.

Based on data of the National Task Force on COVID-19, a total of 2,959,829 doses have been administered as of May 15.

Of this, 2,245,397 doses were given as first doses while 714,432 were administered as second doses.

Health care workers accounted for most of the vaccines at 1,215,974; followed by senior citizens at 589,943; individuals with comorbidities at 430,525 and frontline personnel in essential sectors at 8,955.

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