Philippines posts highest daily COVID-19 jab rate at 375,059 — NTF

Robie de Guzman   •   July 14, 2021   •   398

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.

PH gov’t eyes complete COVID-19 vaccination of tourism workers this year

Robie de Guzman   •   September 27, 2021

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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

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

Robie de Guzman   •   September 24, 2021

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.

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