Over 5 million Pinoys vaccinated vs COVID-19
The Pasig City government starts vaccinating Pfizer vaccine for the persons with disability and with comorbidities at Pasig Sports Center on July 17, 2021.
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Over 5 million Pinoys vaccinated vs COVID-19

Alexis Romero (The Philippine Star) - July 22, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — More than five million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Malacañang said yesterday, as various sectors called for a more aggressive rollout amid the threat posed by the highly transmissible Delta variant.

A total of 5,031,301 persons have received their second dose of the pandemic shot as of July 20, data released by presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. showed.

The figure is equivalent to 7.19 percent of individuals covered by the vaccination program and more than four percent of the country’s population.

Roque said 10,585,261 individuals or 15.12 percent of the intended recipients of the inoculation program have received their first dose.

A total of 15,616,562 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide.

Earlier, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the Philippines could still achieve the first dose inoculation of 70 million persons by November.

The World Health Organization has recommended that countries vaccinate 40 percent of their population by yearend and 70 percent by the middle of 2022.

Roque urged the public to avail themselves of COVID-19 vaccines, saying they are effective against the highly infectious Delta variant.

He cited a Public Health England study indicating that two doses of AstraZeneca jabs are 92-percent effective against hospitalization. The study also showed that no fully vaccinated person died of the Delta variant.

Roque also said the results of a clinical trial in Indonesia showed that the vaccines developed by Chinese firm Sinovac are 94 percent effective against the infection and 96 percent effective in preventing hospitalization.

He added that out of the 677,348 medical personnel in Thailand who received Sinovac, only 618 tested positive for COVID-19.

“Don’t be swayed by naysayers. Get vaccinated to be protected,” Roque said.

He said that 562,770 doses of Pfizer jabs procured by the government were expected to arrive last night, while 1.5 million doses of Sinovac are scheduled to be delivered today.

Another one million doses of Sinovac vaccines are also expected to arrive on Friday, he added.

Isko thanks US for vaccines

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno yesterday thanked the US government for donating 3,240,850 doses of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen single-dose COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines through the COVAX global vaccine-sharing facility.

The donation, which is worth over P1.38 billion, is being allocated to every region in the country.

The city of Manila received from the national government an allocation of 3,760 vials or 18,800 doses of Janssen last Tuesday.

The vaccines, which the LGU has set aside for senior citizens, were immediately distributed to the city’s vaccination sites.

Moreno said that with the threat of the Delta variant, it is necessary to protect those most vulnerable.

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