Vaccination is a simple and effective way to arm one’s self against harmful diseases as it uses the body’s natural defenses to build resistance, making one’s immune system more impregnable.
And as we face this global virus crisis, these vaccines are needed now more than ever. In fact, as of this writing, about 1.37 billion Covid-19 vaccines have been administered around the world as the response to this ongoing pandemic Here in the country, the Philippine National Vaccination Program and Implementation Plan under the leadership of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) vaccine czar, Carlito Galvez Jr., kicked off the local campaign in November last year.
There were a few stumbling blocks along the way. But eventually the country was able to officially roll out vaccination on 1 March 2021 with the arrival of the first batch of Sinovac vaccines.
So far, more than 2,000,000 Filipinos have been inoculated, with 2,024,953 individuals being vaccinated across the country and 517,113 receiving their second dose to be exact.
For an orderly manner, priority groups have been organized, giving importance to frontline workers in the health industry to receive the vaccines first.
They are composed of health professionals and non-professionals, such as students, nursing aides, barangay health workers and the like. Aside from them, priority is also given to senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, frontline personnel in essential industries and many others.
The Food and Drug Administration has so far authorized seven Covid-19 vaccines for local use, namely: Pfizer-BioNtech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sinovac, Sputnik V, Janssen, Covaxin and Moderna.
Our government plans to secure about 161 million vaccines by the end of the year.