MANILA – The Philippines’ daily Covid-19 vaccination rate is gaining steam once more following the steady arrival of Covid vaccines from the different manufacturers, with a total of 628,099 doses administered on October 6 alone, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
Speaking to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte Wednesday during the Talk to the People, Galvez reported that the country is nearing to hit the 30 percent mark of the 70 percent target for population protection against the coronavirus.
“At ang kagandahan po, Mr. President, bumalik na po sa sigla ang ating vaccination (The good thing Mr. President is that our vaccination program is becoming active again),” Galvez, also chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF), told Duterte.
As of October 7, the Philippines has administered a total of 48,390,819 doses nationwide, with 25,733,468 given as first doses and 22,657,351 as second doses.
The average daily doses administered in the last seven days has increased to 463,320 compared to 353,774 doses recorded last September 30.
In previous weeks, there was a slight decrease in the average daily vaccination rate due to the surge of active Covid-19 cases and delayed vaccine deliveries.
Data from the NTF showed that the Philippines has received a total of 80,415,200 Covid-19 vaccine doses as of October 6 — 49,735,330 doses have been procured by the national government.
From Thursday until Saturday this week, more than 4.4 million doses of Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca jabs are expected to arrive.
It will be followed by the arrival of 3 million doses of Moderna and 2 million doses of China-made Sinovac, Galvez said. (PNA)