Over 15 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered; 4.7 million fully vaccinated in PH
MANILA, Philippines – A total of 15,096,261 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the Philippines since the immunization campaign rolled out in March, government data released on Monday showed.
Vaccine statistics issued by the Department of Health (DOH) revealed that as of July 18, 4,708,073 individuals have been fully vaccinated while 10,388,188 have received their first doses.
In a separate briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque reported that the number of individuals who completed their doses constitutes 6.73 percent of the country’s target vaccination rate.
The Philippine government is looking to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.
Roque reminded the public to get vaccinated against the viral disease.
“Kailangan natin ng dagdag proteksyon para sa ating sarili, sa ating pamilya, at komunidad. Maging bahagi ng solusyon,” he said during a Palace briefing.
The DOH likewise reminded individuals who belong to the vaccination priority sectors, particularly the senior citizens, to get vaccinated and take their second dose as scheduled.
“Regardless of vaccination status, everyone is urged to continue practicing the minimum public health standards as you may still get infected with COVID-19 and infect other people,” it added.
PH gov’t eyes complete COVID-19 vaccination of tourism workers this year
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is looking to complete the vaccination against COVID-19 of more than 5 million tourism workers in the country by the end of the year, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said.
NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Cabinet Secretaries and task force officials set this target during the ceremonial vaccination for tourism industry workers in Cebu last Friday.
“When the pandemic struck, the nation’s tourism sector took a major hit. We believe that in order for the industry to get back on its feet and safely open our economy, we need to vaccinate as many members of our workforce as possible,” he said.
Galvez has approved an allocation of 20,000 doses per week for tourism workers.
Weekly allocations will cover employees in hotels and resorts, as well as in restaurants, airports, tourist destinations, and other tourism-related establishments across the country.
Galvez said the government is planning to boost the vaccination program for tourism workers in regions and provinces, especially in Cebu province where about 50% of tourism workers have already been vaccinated.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, for her part, said the agency aims to fully vaccinate 99% of its tourism workers in Cebu before the holiday season.
She added that the NTF has committed to allocate a specific volume of vaccine doses for tourism workers that will come from the supplies to be shipped to local government units nationwide.
PH posts 18,659 new COVID-19 infections
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Friday logged 18,659 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the nationwide tally of confirmed cases to 2,453,328 since the pandemic began.
In its latest bulletin, the Department of Health said the new single-day tally brought the number of active cases to 175,324.
Of these cases, 88.1 percent are mild, 2.84 percent are moderate, 6.9 percent are asymptomatic, 1.5 percent are severe, and 0.7 percent are in critical condition.
The DOH said only one accredited testing laboratory failed to submit data on time.
Meanwhile, total recoveries rose to 2,240,599 after 9,088 more patients recuperated from the viral respiratory disease.
The death toll remained at 37,405 as no new fatalities were reported.
The DOH also reported a positivity rate of 24.2 percent out of the 76,624 tests conducted on Sept. 22.
Bakunang binili ng private sector, hindi maaaring gamitin sa mga bata – DOH
MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Department of Health (DOH) sa mga pribadong kumpanya na hindi pa maaaring gamitin sa mga bata ang mga binili nilang COVID-19 vaccines.
Ayon kay Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire, saklaw ng tripartite agreement ang pagsunod ng mga pribadong kumpanya sa kasunduan hinggil sa pagbabakuna sa mga kabilang sa priority sectors.
Sa ilalim ng vaccination program ng pamahalaan, tanging healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with co-morbidities, essential workers at indigents pa lamang ang maaaring turukan ng COVID-19 vaccines.
“They all went through this tripartite agreement with the national government at isa po doon sa mga kondisyon doon sa tripartite agreement na iyon, iyon pong mga nagpo-procure sa private should abide and should align with the national government guidelines,” ano Vergeire.
“Sa ngayon wala pa po tayong rekomendasyon ng pag-uumpisa ng pagbabakunsa mga kabataan,” dagdag pa niya.
Maging ang Pfizer at Moderna COVID-19 vaccines na binili ng mga pribadong kumpanya ay hindi pa maaaring ibigay sa mga batang may edad 12 hanggang 17 hangga’t wala pang pahintulot mula sa pamahalaan.