Health Secretary Francisco Duque III yesterday administered the country’s 10 millionth dose of Covid-19 vaccine to 74-year-old Nieves Catacutan in a ceremonial vaccination in Valenzuela City that highlights the government’s vaccination program.
Catacutan, a resident of Barangay Gen. De Leon, Valenzuela City, received her first vaccine shot under the A-5 priority or indigent priority group category of the vaccination rollout that started on March 1 this year.
The latest data of the National Task Force against Covid-19 show that about 10,065,414 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, as of June 27.
Of the number, 7,538,128 Filipinos have received their first dose, while 2,527,286 are fully vaccinated.
The country’s average jab rate over the last seven days was at 236,867 doses across 1,231 active vaccination hubs.
Duque said these positive developments in the vaccine rollout are indications that population protection can be achieved within this year.
500K DOSES DAILY
Malacañang expressed optimism that the government will be able to achieve its 500,000 daily vaccination rate target once the vaccine arrival becomes stable.
“We are confident that we will achieve our 500,000 daily vaccination rate target provided that the arrival of vaccine supply in the country will continue,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in his regular Palace press briefing.
Roque announced the arrival of the first batch of 249,600 doses of Moderna Sunday night and additional one million doses of Sinovac yesterday.
As of June 28, the Philippines received a total of 17,455,470 doses of vaccines, of which Sinovac accounts for around 12 million doses.
Other vaccines in the tally include jabs from Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Sputnik V, and Moderna.
Roque said the drive-through vaccination initiated by different groups and by Vice President Leni Robredo is supported by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Roque said Imus is just one of the local government units that will implement drive-through vaccination in partnership with the private sector, particularly Robinsons malls, to boost the country’s vaccination program.
“According to Robinsons…they have also tapped local governments of Bacolod, Iloilo, Tagum City and Valencia in Bukidnon for future drive-through initiatives. All these are supported by the President because it means bringing the vaccines to the people,” he said.
An additional 6,154 patients have beaten Covid-19, pushing the country’s overall recovery count to 1,327,103, as of yesterday.
In its latest Covid-19 bulletin, the DOH said recoveries account for 94.6 percent of the total 1,403,588 infections since the start of the pandemic last year.
Another 5,604 new cases and 84 new deaths were also reported. These figures brought the overall tally of active cases to 52,029, and the death toll to 24,456.*PNA