LGUs outside NCR to get newly arrived Sinovac vax

Local governments outside Metro Manila will get the bulk of the three million doses of the newly arrived Sinovac vaccines.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief, said the government-procured jabs will be delivered to Regions 1, 4-A, 3, 6, 7, 9, and 11.

To date, the country has received 69,699,340 doses of various brands of anti-Covid vaccines. Galvez said he hopes the country could hit its 30% vaccinated population target by end this month.

Records show the Philippines has already administered 43,815,426 doses nationwide — 23,609,600 first shots and 20,205,826 second doses which represent about 26 percent of the target 70 million. 

Galvez said the vaccination program slightly slowed down in recent weeks due to a spike in Covid-19 cases.

“Our daily average in vaccination slightly slowed down because the majority of our health care workers were reassigned in the Covid-19 [treatment] frontline,” he said. “We see that our vaccination has been sacrificed because it is the bigger priority to save the lives of those in hospitals.”

Once Covid-19 cases decrease, he said, the government will refocus on the vaccination program, and medical students will be part of the recalibrated vaccination drive.