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Over a million now vaccinated in the Philippines

     AstraZeneca

As of April 12, the Philippines has vaccinated over a million individuals belonging to the top three priority groups – health workers, senior citizens, and persons with more than one underlying health-related condition.

The country has so far administered 1,139,644 COVID -19 vaccine doses according to Malacañang.

     Russian Sputnik V vaccine
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Of this number, 1,007,356 people were given a first dose and 132,288 were provided a second dose.

Meanwhile, Philippine Airlines shipped 149,600 doses of coronavirus vaccines on Wednesday, April 14, as the government continued transporting the vaccines to the provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao.

PAL spokesperson Cielo Villaluna said their aircraft transported 44,400 doses of vaccines to Cebu, 28,800 doses to Iloilo, 20,400 doses to Cagayan de Oro and 28, 400 doses to Davao.

She said the Sinovac vaccines were stored and secured in PAL’s cold-storage facility at the International and Domestic Cargo terminal in Pasay prior to their flights to the regions.

PAL’s latest transport of vaccines to the Visayas and Mindanao came three days after 500,000 doses of Sinovac vaccines consigned to the Department of Health arrived via PAL from Beijing.

An initial supply of 20,000 doses of Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in the country this week as a “trial” delivery run before the arrival of 500,000 doses later this month. The country is expected to receive 20 million doses of Sputnik V within the year.

Mega Vaccination Sites

The Nayong Pilipino site in Parañaque is among the vaccination sites that are being considered by the government. It will be the first mega vaccination site. The private sector offered some facilities as possible mega

vaccination venues like stadiums and coliseums to reach the target of four million inoculated Filipinos per month.

Vaccine head Sec. Carlito Galvez said a mega vaccination site, which is one of the three types of vaccination facilities that the government will set up, can accommodate up to 10,000 persons a day. So far, the government only has medium- sized vaccination sites that can accommodate 5,000 to 6,000 persons daily, he added.

Galvez said, to help in the fast tracking of the vaccination program, the government needs 55,000 vaccinators in 5,000 to 6,000 sites nationwide.

The third type of site is the mobile and rural vaccination site, which aims to vaccinate people in far-flung areas.

Private Sector

Meanwhile, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Jose Concepcion received his first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine on Wednesday, the same brand that the private sector and local government units (LGUs) had procured through “A Dose of Hope.”

The initiative, led by Go Negosyo, has, to date, secured over 17 million doses of AstraZeneca for the private sector and LGUs.

The vaccines were purchased at their base cost of $5 per dose under the non-profit program of AstraZeneca.

The first batch of 2.6 million doses is expected to arrive by the first week of June while the

balance of 14.4 million doses for donor companies and other LGUs will arrive in July.

Concerns have surrounded the use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which was earlier banned in parts of Europe after a small number of recipients developed blood clots. This prompted the Department of Health and the FDA to temporarily suspend the use of the vaccine for persons aged below 60.