LGUs told not to use 2nd dose as 1st shot amid COVID vaccination ‘disparity’, shipment delays

Robie de Guzman   •   July 6, 2021   •   470

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 on Tuesday urged local government units (LGU) not to use the Sinovac vaccines allotted for the second dose as first shots as it noted some “disparity” in the report on the country’s vaccination program against coronavirus disease.

NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. pointed out that of the total 11,708,029 shots administered nationwide, only 2,868,905 were given as the second dose while 8,839,124 were given as the first dose.

“We are seeing a disparity in our national vaccination report wherein out of the 11 million jabs administered, only 2.8 million were fully vaccinated. This should be addressed by our implementing units,” he said.

In an advisory issued on July 4, Galvez notified LGUs to prioritize the administration of the second dose within the next two weeks in order to address delays in deliveries of Sputnik V component II vaccines and the weekly delivery of Sinovac vaccines.

He also directed all implementing units, particularly in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus 8 — Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal — to focus on completely vaccinating those who have received the first shot of Sinovac vaccines until the supply for the vaccine brand will become stable.

Likewise, LGUs must immediately utilize the intended first doses of other vaccine brands such as Moderna, Pfizer, and Sputnik V.

The NTF said that, so far, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) has deployed a total of 14,841,740 doses nationwide out of the 17,455,470 doses that have arrived in the country, while other doses are now being deployed from the national warehouses to the different vaccination areas.

The NVOC has likewise noted that more than 5.7 million doses deployed to LGUs still have to be administered to their constituents which are mostly intended for the second dose.

“We have to look into this matter seriously and act on it fast because based on studies, the full protection against the new variants of COVID-19, particularly the Delta variant, can only be assured when an individual is fully vaccinated with two doses,” Galvez said.

The vaccine czar also emphasized that though some individuals may not show up for their scheduled second dose due to illness and other medical conditions, they are still eligible to get their second shot on a later date.

However, he stressed the need for them to receive the second dose based on their given schedule.

“We also call on every Filipino, especially those who have received their first dose to come back to your respective vaccination sites for your second dose as indicated in your vaccination cards,” he said.

“Remember that this is not just for your safety and protection but for the protection of your families, co-workers, and communities. Marami pong buhay ang nakasalalay sa bawat isa sa atin,” he added.

NTF tells LGUs to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination to reach 1.5M target daily jab rate

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 has renewed its push for local government units (LGU) to further increase their COVID-19 vaccination output to help achieve the country’s target of 1 million to 1.5 million daily jab rate.

“Our goal is for LGUs to inoculate 70% of their eligible population with at least one dose by November. We cannot scale up our national vaccination output if we just settle with our current jab rate,” NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said.

Galvez issued the statement during a meeting with local chief executives last Friday.

The NTF said it has identified highly-urbanized cities (HUCs) and regions that would lead the push in increasing the country’s daily vaccination output to 1.5 million doses.

This follows the influx of vaccine supplies from various manufacturers and the opening of the vaccine rollout to the general population including minors.

“With the steady arrival of bigger COVID-19 vaccine shipments, our LGUs must work double time to realize President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive, and that is, to continue to ramp up their vaccination rollout,” Galvez said.

“Nagpla-plateau tayo noong mga nakaraang araw to just 400,000 to 500,000 jabs daily. If this will continue, hindi natin makukuha ang 50 million [fully vaccinated individuals] by year-end,” he added.

Last Friday, the government recorded 724,294 COVID-19 jabs administered.

To date, the Philippines has received a total of 94,678,340 doses of COVID 19 vaccines since February.

Of these shipments, more than 58.7 million doses were procured by the government, 24.3 million doses were donations from the COVAX facility, 7.9 million were purchased by LGUs and the private sector, and 3.6 million doses were donations from bilateral partners, the NTF said.

PH may give third COVID-19 vaccine shot, boosters to health workers, elderly– DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 25, 2021


MANILA, Philippines –
The Philippine Department of Health (DOH) has green lighted the administration of booster and additional shots of COVID-19 vaccines to healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities.

The DOH said that the move was upon the recommendation of the Health Technology Assessment Council (HTAC) and was later approved by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

The booster and third jab may be given within the year, and by 2022 for eligible priority groups, it added.

Based on the recommendation, the booster shots should be given within the fourth quarter of the year to health workers, the elderly, and persons with health risks who received the jabs at least six months after the primary series.

The HTAC also recommended that the boosters should be based on the vaccine brands received by the individuals in the primary series.

If they received Pfizer-BioNTech, then they should also be given the same as a booster shot.

For those who got AstraZeneca, they may be given the same or preferably Pfizer-made jab for their booster shot.

Those who completed the Moderna primary series should also be given Moderna or Pfizer dose, while those inoculated with Sinovac’s CoronaVac shot may get Prizer or CoronaVac booster shot.

The HATC also pushed for the implementation of boosters for other eligible population in 2022 only if the A1 to A5 priority groups reach 50 percent in the primary series.

For the implementation of additional shots, particularly for immunocompromised individuals, the HTAC recommended that the dose will be given at least 18 days after they completed the initial COVID-19 vaccine series.

The third shot is recommended to be the same as those received in the primary series.

Based on data from the DOH, the Philippines has so far administered a total of   55,506,176 vaccine doses — 29,891,810 of which were given as first dose while 25,614,366 individuals were fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 vaccine supply, no longer a problem — NTF

Maris Federez   •   October 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 has assured that the country’s supply of vaccines against coronavirus disease is no longer a problem.

The NTF reported that the Philippines has received around 97.6 million doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines since February this year.

Of this number, 76.7 million were deployed in the local government units to be administered in their communities.

Vaccine czar and NTF chief implementer Sec. Carlito Galvez said that this month, an average of around 1 million vaccine doses arrive in the country every day.

These doses were immediately deployed to the LGUs to ensure that no time is wasted in vaccinating the people.

“The country has been receiving an average of 1 million COVID-19 vaccines daily since the start of October. And once we receive them, they are immediately deployed to LGUs and other implementing units throughout the country. There is no time wasted,” Galvez said.

The official also reiterated that the national inventory has sufficient COVID-19 vaccine supplies and that the LGUs do not have to make their own procurement for their constituencies.

He said that with the guaranteed supply of the vaccines, the problem now lies in how these will be distributed to benefit a larger number of Filipinos.

NTF vs COVID-19 Deputy chief implementer and testing czar Sec. Vince Dizon said that the government targets to vaccinate at least one dose of the vaccine to 70 percent of the target population and reach full vaccination of the said target by December 30.

He noted that this can be achieved with more aggressive action by the LGUs in the vaccination rollout, especially in highly urbanized cities.

“As I have been telling our LGUs over the past several weeks, vaccine supply is no longer a problem for our country. Our main concern at this point is how to get these COVID-19 jabs into the arms of as many Filipinos as quickly as possible,” Dizon said. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

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