SAN JUAN CITY — The vaccine czar said the country’s 1,500 barangays that have been identified as centers of gravity of the COVID-19 pandemic will get the bulk of the country’s vaccine supply.
This was announced by National Task Force against COVID-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. during the launch of the vaccination program for San Juan City’s economic frontliners or the A-4 priority group on today, Wednesday, June 9, at the Greenhills Theatre Mall.
He added that areas which have been identified as the most vulnerable to COVID-19 surges will also be given priority by the government with regard to vaccine deployment.
“In response to President Duterte’s directive to prioritize areas with a spike in COVID-19 cases, we’re increasing the vaccine administration capacity of these areas,” Galvez explained.
A total of 3,379,160 vaccines from Pfizer (2,279,160 doses), Sinovac (1 million doses) and Sputnik V (100,000 doses) are expected to arrive starting Thursday.
Tomorrow’s delivery of 2.2 million Pfizer vaccines and 1 million Sinovac doses will be the biggest single day vaccine delivery of COVID-19 jabs so far.
Meanwhile, additional 100,000 Sputnik V vaccine doses will arrive on Friday, June 11.
More than 11 million anti-COVID doses are expected to arrive in June, while around 11 million doses will be delivered in July, while about 17 million doses will be shipped to the country by August.
“We will immediately allocate these vaccines for LGUs that need it,” Galvez said, emphasizing the need to deploy the vaccines as quickly as possible upon their arrival in the country.
Galvez said that vaccine manufacturers have committed to ship out a steady supply of larger vaccine doses to the Philippines.
Two days after the official launch of the vaccine program for the A-4 priority group, Galvez assured LGUs that they will benefit from the arrival of bigger vaccine supplies.
“Now that we’re assured with a steady supply of vaccines, our vaccine deployment is also expected to normalize,” he said.
Galvez noted that while the vaccination of health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities remain the top priority in the vaccine program, more individuals under the A-4 category are anticipated to be inoculated starting Monday next week.
Galvez also estimated that by September or October, the full inoculation of the A-4 priority group will be completed.
By the fourth quarter, he said the government aims to vaccinate 30 million young Filipinos, adding that more funds are needed to cover this sector.
“Experts said that all populations should be fully vaccinated. We can’t open schools if we don’t vaccinate our students,” Galvez pointed out.
He said the IATF is also preparing for the transition of the vaccination program from 2021 to 2022, in which the proposed additional funding request is also expected to cover.