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Gov’t confident Phl will reach 10M vaccine shots by the end of June

Jom Garner

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Despite having a high vaccine hesitancy in some parts of the country, Deputy Chief Implementer of the National Action Plan Against Covid-19 and testing czar Vince Dizon said he is confident that the country will be able to reach its 10 million vaccine shots by the end of June.

“We are confident that by next week, we will reach a very important milestone — we will achieve 10 million [vaccine shots]. This has been our target before the end of the month of June,” Dizon said in the #LagingHandaPh briefing Friday.

 

The pronouncement was made after he revealed that the country has administered 700,000 doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine in two consecutive days — the highest number of vaccinations since the start of the vaccine rollout since March.

“It’s our second day that we have 350,000 jabs in one day. In just two days we have inoculated almost 700,000 (people),” he said.

He said the country administered 700,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines on 23 and 24 June.

Dizon acknowledged the effort made by local government units for achieving good vaccine rollout despite having high vaccine hesitancy in some areas in the country.

“The vaccination rollout of our local government units has been very effective, so we thanked all our mayors, city health officials, provincial health officials, governors, because despite high vaccine hesitancy in some areas, the rollout turned out well,” he added.

He announcement was made as the country breached the nine million mark in total number of jabs administered.

As of 23 June, the country has administered 9,281,235 anti-Covid-19 doses since the government started the national vaccination program last March.

Meanwhile, the testing czar reiterated that the allocation of vaccines depends on the vaccine supply in the country.

“With the help of our experts, we need to prioritize areas. Like what Secretary [Carlito] Galvez said, we need to prioritize highly urbanized areas because of the possibility of surges in the area and due to its high contribution to the economy,” he said.

He also vowed that the government will add more priority areas as the vaccine supply in the country continues to improve.

“While the vaccine supply continues to improve, we will add more priority areas but it does not mean only those categorized as priority areas will receive vaccines,” he added.

Earlier this week, the Palace announced that 10 areas outside the National Capital Region Plus 8 who are currently experiencing uptick in Covid-19 cases are now part of the priority areas for the Covid-19 vaccine deployment.

The new priority areas include Iloilo City, Bacolod City, Cagayan de Oro, Baguio City, Zamboanga City, Dumaguete City, Tuguegarao City, General Santos City, Legazpi City and Naga City.

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