Phl receives 2M more doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

Marje Pelayo   •   June 24, 2021   •   358

MANILA, Philippines — Two million doses of Sinovac’s COVID-19 vaccine or CoronaVac arrived in the country on Thursday (June 24).

Of this shipment, 1.6-million doses were procured by the national government.

The remaining 400,000 doses were purchased by the IPnBiotech for the city government of Manila.

This shipment is the fourth batch of Sinovac vaccines delivered this month, bringing to 11 million the total number of doses received by the Philippines.

The arrival of the shipment was witnessed by National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr.

He was accompanied by Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, and other government officials who all witnessed the arrival of the vaccines at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2.

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Booster shot, third dose para sa mga senior citizen, immunocompromised, inumpisahan na

Maris Federez   •   November 22, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — Inumpisahan na ng pamahalaan ngayong araw ng Lunes ang pagbabakuna ng booster shot para sa mga senior citizen o nasa A2 category.

Third dose naman ang sinimulan nang ibigay sa mga nasa A3 category na immunocompromised.

Batay sa guidelines na inilabas ng Department of Health (DOH) para sa mga nasa A3 category, limitado pa lamang ito para sa mga may sakit gaya ng HIV, cancer, transplant patients, may immunodeficiency at mga pasyente na sumasailalim sa immunosuppressive treatments.

Payo ng DOH sa mga immunocompromised, maiging kumonsulta muna sa kanilang mga doktor at alamin kung anong brand ang nararapat nilang ipabakuna bilang third dose.

Ayon kay DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, ito ay para matukoy kung ano ang brand na aakma sa kanilang medical condition.

“Ang mga may comorbidity must always consult with their physicians. They cannot make this unilateral decision on their own. They have to consult with their physician para ma guidance,” ani Duque.

Sa guidelines ng DOH, maaaring mamili ng brand ang mga senior citizen at immunocompromised para sa ikatlong dose ng bakuna.

Pero para naman sa head ng vaccine expert panel ng Department of Science and Technology (DOST) na si Dr. Nina Gloriani, maari pa ring magpabakuna ang mga senior citizen ng kaparehong brand ng kanilang naunang dalawang dose.

Isa si Gloriani sa nabakunahan kanina ng booster shot sa ceremonial vaccination sa East Avenue Medical Center.

Sinovac ang ipinaturok nito na booster shot na kapareho rin ng kanyang unang dalawang dose.

Habang Pfizer vaccine naman ang ipina-booster shot ni Doctor Jaime Montoya ng DOST, na bakunado ng Sinovac sa kanyang primary series.

Payo naman ng DOH, sa mga senior citizens na pasok rin sa kategorya ng immunocompromised, makakabuti rin kung magpapakonsulta muna sila sa kanilang doktor bago magpabakuna ng booster shot.

Muli namang nagpaliwanag ang ahensya hinggil sa pagkakaiba ng booster shot at third dose na ibinibigay sa mga fully vaccinated na laban sa COVID-19.

“The booster dose simply means you are giving it to a group of individuals who have received the primary series. Halimbawa, Sinovac, the assumption is they will reach a level o adequate antibody protection,” ani Duque.

“But over time that protection wanes. That’s why you want to boost it with the third vaccine. Now, third dose will be particularly for the immunocompromised, people who never really reach an adequate level of antibody protection. You’re giving 3rd dose in the hope they will respond better with the 3rd dose,” dagdag nito.

Samantala, hindi pa masabi ng DOH sa ngayon kung kailan mag-uumpisa ang pagbibigay ng third dose sa iba pang nasa A3 category maging sa general population.

Gayuman, siniguro ng pamahalaan na may sapat ng supply ng mga bakuna ang bansa para sa tuloy-tuloy na pagbibigay ng booster shots.  /mbmf (mula sa ulat ni UNTV Correspondent JP Nuñez)

Over 3.5 million more doses of Sinovac vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   November 17, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines – Another batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses has arrived in the Philippines, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said Wednesday.

The shipment containing a total of 3,530,400 doses of Sinovac vaccine landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at past 7 a.m.

The NTF said the latest batch was procured by the government through the Asian Development Bank.

The Philippines is set to launch a new phase in its vaccination drive with the rollout of booster shots for healthcare workers and other eligible sectors as part of efforts to widen the immunization coverage.

So far, more than 31 million of the country’s 109 million population have been fully immunized.

The national government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people to achieve population protection against COVID-19.

PH receives additional 3 million Sinovac vaccine shots

Robie de Guzman   •   November 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Wednesday received another batch of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government.

The shipment containing 3 million doses arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 at past 11 a.m.

The National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 said the latest batch of Sinovac jabs were procured by the government through a loan from the Asian Development Bank.

In total, the Philippines has received more than 114 million doses of procured and donated COVID-19 vaccines since deliveries started in February.

Over 65 million of these doses have been administered nationwide.

Some 30 million people are already fully vaccinated while 35 million others have received their first dose against COVID-19.

The national government has been eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people to achieve population protection against the viral disease.

Programs to ramp up immunization have recently been implemented including the inoculation of minors aged 12 to 17.

The government is also eyeing to hold a three-day “National Vaccination Day” from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, with the aim to inoculate up to 15 million individuals.

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