Latest Pfizer vax delivery to boost pediatric inoculation

MORE PFIZER JABS. Boxes containing Pfizer vaccine get checked by airport personnel shortly after they arrived at the NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City on Monday (Dec. 13, 2021). The vaccine doses are procured by the Philippine government through the Asian Development Bank. (PNA photo by Avito Dalan)

The Philippines has received new shipments of 859,950 doses of US-made Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, and 1,526,400 doses of the single-shot Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, boosting to over 158 million the total vaccine doses the country received since February this year.

National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 head of sub-task force in current operations Assistant Secretary Wilben Mayor said the new vaccine arrivals come in time as the government boosts the ongoing pediatric vaccination program efforts for a safe face-to-face classes by next year.

With the continuous arrival of Pfizer vaccines, we can vaccinate more children),” he said. The country’s Food and Drug Administration approved the use of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to inoculate minors and adolescents — ages 12-17 years old.

Mayor urged the public anew to participate in the second round of the massive national vaccination days “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” from December 15 to 17, in a bid to reach the target of fully protecting 54 million Filipinos before yearend.

Department of Health records show that a total of 40,881,035 Filipinos are now fully protected against the coronavirus, with 756,682 of them having receive booster shots.