MANILA, June 22 (Mabuhay) — The Philippines will receive an additional 2.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX facility on Wednesday, June 23, a health official said Tuesday.
Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said the vaccines will be allocated for health workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, and the indigent population.
“Bukas—kararating lang ‘yung balita—makakatanggap tayo ng 2.2 million AstraZeneca [doses] galing sa COVAX facility (Tomorrow, we will receive 2.2 million AstraZeneca doses from the COVAX facility),” she said at a Laging Handa briefing.
The Philippines has already received millions of doses from the global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX.
Cabotaje said thousands of Moderna doses will also arrive this month.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said some 6.4 million doses will be delivered to the country within June.
Meanwhile, Cabotaje said the inoculation of minors against COVID-19 will depend on the country’s vaccine supply.
The Philippines recently inked a supply deal for 40 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for use on individuals aged 12 and above.
Cabotaje said 7.5 million doses will arrive in the third quarter of the year while the remaining 32.5 million jabs will be delivered in the last quarter.
Galvez previously said the vaccination of minors could possibly begin the fourth quarter of 2021.
“While we have a plan to include eventually our children as part of B and C classification… Depende po sa dami ng makukuhang bakuna over the next few months, titingnan po kung maisasama na ‘yung mga child population,” Cabotaje said.
The Philippines has vaccinated over 6.2 million individuals as of June 20, still far from its target of inoculating 50 million to 70 million people this year. (MNS)