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2 million Sinovac COVID-19 jabs arrive in Philippines

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2 million Sinovac COVID-19 jabs arrive in Philippines
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. welcomed the arrival of two million Sinovac doses at the NAIA on September 13.
Screengrab from PTV livestream

MANILA, Philippines — Two million more doses of Sinovac arrived in the Philippines on Monday, bringing the total number of vaccines in the country to 56.7 million.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. was at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 to receive the vaccines, which he said is part of the purchased doses by the Philippine government.

Galvez said the National Task Force against COVID-19 is prioritizing regions with identified “surge areas” for the vaccines. These are Central Luzon, Calabrzon, Western Visayas, Zamboanga peninsula and Davao regions.

“The 151 highly urbanized cities are also our [part of our] priority [areas],” Galvez added in a stream posted by state-run PTV4.

The vaccine czar said this new batch of Sinovac doses are part of the 12 million expected to arrive by September. Another 10 million doses are also expected to arrive in October.

“Later, we will have deliveries of more Pfizer, AstraZeneca and also Moderna,” Galvez also said.

Vaccines from the COVAX facility, as part of the vaccine sharing initiative for lower-income countries, are expected to arrive in the fourth week of September, he added.

Latest government data showed that as of September 11, 16.73 million Filipinos have completed their vaccines while 21.89 million are waiting for the second jabs. In total, the country has administered 38,625,270 doses against COVID-19.

On Sunday, health authorities logged 21,411 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the national coronavirus caseload to 2,227,367.

The Department of Health also announced on Monday that it detected 640 more Delta variant cases. It added that the total number of Delta variant cases in the Philippines is now at 2,708.  — Kristine Joy Patag

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A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." Bookmark our COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines. — Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file

May 18, 2022 - 3:39pm

Senior citizens and frontline health workers may now get their second booster shots, particularly mRNA jabs such as Moderna and Pfizer, the Department of Health announces. — Gaea Katreena Cabico

February 11, 2022 - 5:55pm

The Department of Health – 9 (DOH) reported a very low turnout for the third phase of the National Vaccination Day against COVID-19 in the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Angeline Jaldon, DOH-9 information officer, said based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), only 16,976 or 10% of their target 169,764 eligible individuals showed up.

Jaldon said the low turnout was attributed to complacency and lack of interest to get inoculated.

The DOH regional office is looking into what strategies local government units used to convince constitutents to get vaccinated.

The low turnout may also have kept Zamboanga Peninsula among the areas in Mindanao at high risk from COVID-19. —The STAR/Roel Pareño

February 11, 2022 - 5:05pm

The Department of Health – 9 (DOH) reported a very low turnout for the third phase of the National Vaccination Day against COVID-19 in the Zamboanga Peninsula region.

Angeline Jaldon, DOH-9 information officer, said based on the report of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU), only 16,976 or 10% of their target 169,764 eligible individuals showed up.

Jaldon said the low turnout was attributed to complacency and lack of interest to get inoculated.

The DOH regional office is looking into what strategies local government units used to convince constitutents to get vaccinated.

The low turnout may also have kept Zamboanga Peninsula among the areas in Mindanao at high risk from COVID-19. —The STAR/Roel Pareño

January 31, 2022 - 2:46pm

The Philippines will roll out its vaccination program for children aged 5 to 11 years old on February 4.

The pandemic task force says Pfizer vaccines exclusive for kids will arrive this week.
 

January 14, 2022 - 10:14am

The percentage of the population with full vaccination has reached almost 50% at 53 million, says National Task Force adviser Dr. Ted Herbosa.

In an interview with dzBB, Herbosa suggests that five million more have yet to receive their second vaccine dose.

"Around 58 million have received at least the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and 4.7 million have been jabbed with a booster," he says in Filipino.

View the COVID-19 and Vaccination Dashboard for the latest figures on the pandemic in the Philippines.

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