Gov’t mulls 24/7 vaccination

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A TOP Palace official underscored the need for a round-the-clock vaccination scheme against COVID-19 to be able to hit its target of inoculating 50 to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the current year.

At the Laging Handa press briefing, National Task Force against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said that they have in fact been studying ways to maximize available resources and manpower by way of a 24-7 mass inoculation once the bulk of COVID-19 supplies are made available.

The government, which started its vaccine roll-out on March 1, has been distributing donated COVID-19 vaccines in the provinces, hospitals and priority sectors, which include the medical frontliners and the military.

The country’s vaccine rollout is being administered by the National Vaccine Operations Center.

To date, the country has only 1.12 million vaccines donated by Sinovac Biotech and AstraZeneca through the World Health Organization’s COVAX facility.

COVAX facility is a global initiative designed to give equitable vaccine access to developing countries.

The government is expecting the bulk of COVID-19 supplies to arrive in the country starting midyear.

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