MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has administered 375,059 COVID-19 vaccine shots on July 13, the highest daily vaccine rate since the government rolled out the National Vaccine Program in March, the National Task Force against COVID-19 said.
NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. made the announcement during the arrival of 1 million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccines on Wednesday, July 14.
He said they are expecting to reach 14 million jabs by Thursday.
The NTF said that as of July 13, a total of 13,817,358 COVID-19 doses have been administered across 4,360 vaccination sites in the country.
Of this figure, 9,932,127 were given as the first dose while 3,885,231 were second doses.
Galvez said the latest bulk of Sinovac vaccines has been allocated as the second dose.
“Nakapagbakuna tayo ng more than 4 million last month ng Sinovac. So ito (today’s shipment) mostly pang-second dose. We will deploy this today. Pwede na po itong iturok right away,” Galvez said.
The vaccine czar added that a major portion of the vaccine supplies that will be arriving in July will be deployed to the provinces, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive on equitable vaccine distribution.
“Sa aming computation, the whole deliveries of July, pinag-isahan na namin ‘yan i-compute. Nakikita natin na majority ng ating mga bakuna ngayon, almost 10 million [doses] mapupunta ‘yan sa mga probinsya,” Galvez said.
“Ang mare-retain natin sa NCR plus 8 at sa mga highly urbanized cities, more or less mga 4 to 6 million [doses],” he added.
The NTF said other vaccine supplies scheduled to arrive this week are 250,800 doses of Moderna on July 15 and 1.5 million doses of Sinovac on July 17.