Vince Dizon, the National Task Force against Covid-19 Deputy Chief Implementer, on Friday expressed confidence that the Philippines will achieve the target herd immunity against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) before yearend.
That is if the ordered vaccines will be delivered on time.
“We are confident as long as the vaccines arrive, because that’s what matters most. Of course, since there is no supply, we have nothing to use for vaccination,” Dizon said in a #LagingHandaPH briefing.
Should the combined orders made by the national government, local government units (LGU) and private sectors arrive on time, he said the country will achieve the target on time.
The pronouncement was made after he admitted that limited vaccine supply remains the problem as more LGU officials demand more vaccine allocations.
“The truth is we still have difficulty in (vaccine) supply but we can see that the majority of Filipinos want to be vaccinated that is why many governors are asking for more vaccines,” he said.
He also blamed the limited vaccine supply as one of the reasons why the government is having a hard time reaching its 500,000 jabs per day target.
“We have achieved more than 250,000 (jabs) from our target 500,000 (jabs per day), this is also because of the limited vaccine supply. There are days when there are more vaccines, we are reaching more than 350,000,” he added.
In the same media briefing, he announced that as of 1 July, the country had administered a total of 11,016,198 million doses of Covid-19 since the start of the national inoculation program four months ago.
“In just four days, from Monday (28 June) to Thursday (1 July), we have administered one million jabs,” he said.
Dizon, who is also the country’s testing czar, apologized to LGU officials for the limited vaccine supply that hindered the national government from allocating more.
He assured that the government is working to improve the number of Covid-19 doses in the country’s vaccine inventory.
“Secretary (Carlito) Galvez announced that this month of July, more than 10 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines are coming. In June, the country received more than nine million doses, this July we will receive more than 10 million (doses), including the vaccines procured by the private sectors,” he said.
He also said the International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ITCSI) and its partner companies have begun vaccinating their employees with Moderna Covid-19 vaccines.
The country received its first batch of Moderna vaccines last 27 July, of which 150,000 doses were procured by the national government while 99,600 went to ITCSI as part of the tripartite agreement with the American firm and the Philippine government.
The government aims to vaccinate 50 to 70 percent of the 110 million population of Filipinos to achieve herd immunity.