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Philippines administers 5.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

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Philippines administers 5.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses
Health workers and other members of vaccine proriority groups receive their second shot of Sinovac's COVID-19 jab at Marikina Elementary School on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.
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MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines reached nearly six million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered by first week of June, government figures showed on Monday. 

Latest statistics by the Department of Health showed 5,965,651 doses of the jab given to Filipinos, months since the much-needed inoculation efforts began.

That would translate to 1,544,332 individuals now fully vaccinated out of the government's own target of 50 to 70 million this year. 

Some 4,421,319 have received their first dose. DOH reported too that the country was averaging 112,621 doses administered per day last week. 

Vaccines currently in the country are: Sinovac, Sputnik V, and AstraZeneca and Pfizer from the World Health Organization-led COVAX Facility.

The release of the numbers came as vaccination began for those in the A4 priority list, or about 35 million essential workers in government, private, and informal sectors. 

Among health workers or those on top of the list, 827,089 have completed their shots, while 1,398,710 got their first dose. 

Some 368,387 elderly, meanwhile, are now also fully vaccinated while 1,537,365 are with their initial dose. Those with comorbidities were at 343,297 with complete with shots, while 1,472,985 with their first dose.

This month, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said nearly 10 million more doses may arrive in the country. The vaccinations became more crucial as government seeks to arrest a surge in COVID-19 infections that began in March that returned the capital region and nearby provinces to a stricter lockdown.

Health authorities continue to report over 5,000 daily additional cases, with the overall count at 1,269,478. There have also been 21,898 deaths, and 1,188,243 recoveries.

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LATEST UPDATE: January 4, 2022 - 9:06am

The national government has so far secured two official deals for COVID-19 vaccine supplies in the Philippines, one with Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac and another with the Serum Institute of India.

Watch this space for bite-sized developments on the vaccines in the Philippines. (Main image by Markus Spiske via Unsplash)

January 4, 2022 - 9:06am

Government must increase vaccination capacity across the Philippines in anticipation of a surge of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant of the corona virus, Sen. Risa Hontiveros says.

She says local government units and the private sector can work together to put up more vaccination centers and deploy more vaccination teams to get more people inoculated against COVID-19.

"The active COVID cases have nearly doubled in three days. The positivity rate is almost four times the ceiling set by the World Health Organization. Huwag na nating hintayin na sobrang lumala pa ang sitwasyon bago tayo gumawa ng paraan para mapabilis ang ating pagbabakuna."

December 23, 2021 - 11:44am

FDA chief Eric Domingo says that its agency has given emergency approval for the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11.

November 11, 2021 - 7:30am

The United States immunized around 900,000 children aged five-to-11 against Covid in the first week the Pfizer vaccine was authorized for them, a White House official says Wednesday.

Roughly 700,000 more have made appointments at pharmacies, White House Covid coordinator Jeff Zients tells reporters.

"The program is just getting up to full strength," he says, adding most of the shots were given in the last couple of days alone. — AFP

November 8, 2021 - 7:56pm

The Philippines has received 2.8 million doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia.

The shipment arrived at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City on Monday night and was met by President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

November 7, 2021 - 11:57am

A Department of the Interior and Local Government proposal to require Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program beneficiaries to get vaccinated before cash transfers to them can be released will not help the poor, Sen. Risa Hontiveros says.

"Walang kundisyon sa 4Ps law na kailangang COVID-19 vaccinated ang recipients kaya dapat igalang at irespeto ng ating mga opisyal ang desisyon ng sinuman ukol sa pagbabakuna," she says. 

(The 4Ps Law does not include the condition that recipients must be vaccinated against COVID-19 so the government must respect people's decision to get vaccinated or not)

She says it would be better for government agencues like the social welfare and health departments to encourage 4Ps beneficiaries to get vaccinated but not as a condition to receive cash aid.

Hontiveros says encouragement and explanations have helped address vaccine hesitancy in Metro Manila.

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