The Department of Health (DOH) reported on Wednesday, April 21, that over 1.3 million Filipinos have so far inoculated against COVID-19 nearly two months since the vaccine rollout started.
In a vaccine statistics bulletin, the DOH said that as of April 21, a total of 1,562,563 vaccine doses have already been administered, of which 209,456 were 2nd doses.
Meanwhile, the remaining 1,353,107 were first doses, which means that the same number of individuals received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
The DOH added that all 3,025,600 COVID-19 vaccines that have arrived in the country have been distributed to local government units.
The 1.3 million administered doses comprise 76% of the 1,780,400 allocated doses, and the 209,456 administered second doses account for 12%.
Previously, DOH said that the 2nd dose allotment for Sinovac vaccine recipients is already secured. Simultaneously, the AstraZeneca vaccine is expected to arrive separately as the product has a longer interval time for a 2nd dose.
Compared to the week before, the daily average number of vaccinated individuals slightly declined to 43,835 for the past 7 days. As of April 13, it was already at 47,545, even with only 2,988 vaccination sites.
This week, the number of vaccination sites increased to 3,263.
Among the six COVID-19 vaccine candidates granted emergency use authorization (EUA) in the Philippines, only those developed by Sinovac and AstraZeneca have been delivered so far. Vaccine products of Pfizer, Gamaleya Institute, Johnson & Johnson, and Bharat Biotech have yet to reach the country.
On April 19, the DOH said hundreds of thousands of vaccine doses from Sinovac, Pfizer, and Gamaleya Institute are expected to arrive later this month.
While health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities are being simultaneously vaccinated now, the agency urged everyone “to get vaccinated when it’s their turn in order to get protected against the severe form of COVID-19.”
—(Source: Department of Health)