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Philippines gets new donated Pfizer doses from US

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Philippines gets new donated Pfizer doses from US
Workers inspect the crates containing the Philippines' additional supply of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, which arrived on October 10, 2021
Release / National Task Force COVID-19

MANILA, Philippines — The United States has sent 918,450 more donated doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine to the Philippines that was coursed through the COVAX Facility. 

An Emirates plane carrying the additional supply of the jabs landed at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay on the afternoon of October 10. 

The National Task Force against COVID-19 said the latest shipment is part of the 1.8 million doses Washington has pledged to Manila. 

Another 924,300 doses are seen to arrive on Monday, it added. 

This brought the country's total supply of Pfizer vaccine to 18.92 million doses, according to Philstar.com's monitoring. 

Most of that came from the global initiative COVAX or at 10.81 million doses, while 8.10 million were procured by the national government. 

The US donation came as the Philippines is set to begin vaccinating minors for COVID-19 this week. 

“We’re really proud to be part of this effort here in the Philippines to vaccinate the Filipino people including teenagers and children so we can get them back to school,” said US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Heather Variava.

Health authorities have also opened inoculations for the general public, seven months since the efforts began. 

Official data as of October 10 showed there are now 23.18 million Filipinos fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

The figure is out of the 70 million the government is targeting this year to meet "population protection."

Some 26.48 million have since received an initial dose, with 49.67 million doses administered overall. 
 

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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

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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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