24/7 vaccination vs. COVID-19 once supplies are available

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THE government is looking at a round-the-clock implementation of the vaccination program once supplies reach Philippine shores, says vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez.

At the Senate hearing, Galvez hinted at a figure of 150,000 per day. 

“Nakikita po natin na ang capacity natin if we are going to vaccinate more or less 50 million, ang kailangan natin ma-vaccinate every day is 150,000,” Galvez said.

“We are looking at the possibility that if the vaccines are available, we will have 24/7, three shifts. So ganoon po gagawin natin,” he added.

Inoculation, he added, will be conducted at the Department of Health (DOH)-identified vaccination points across the country.  The DOH earlier claimed availability of some 4,000 COVID-19 immunization centers.

Galvez said the government will finish validating on January 30 the master list of priority COVID-19 vaccine recipients in the country, as well as the master list of the resources that will be used.

The country is working to secure 148 million doses of vaccines against the novel disease from seven different manufacturers, he added.

Around 50,000 Filipinos are expected to receive COVID-19 vaccines in February. “We are looking at the 50,000 that will be coming this February. It will be our rehearsal,” Galvez quipped.

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