Malacañang on Thursday said the Philippines has administered a total of 34,112,320 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, six months after it started its inoculation program.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the government has reached three milestones in its pandemic war, one of them is the total number of vaccines administered.
“We have 20,002,404 partially vaccinated, this is equivalent to 25.93 percent of the target population. This is the second milestone,” Roque said.
“Meanwhile, 14,109,916 are now fully vaccinated or equivalent to 18.29 percent of the target population. That is the third milestone,” he added.
The country’s daily jabs average is now at 406,025, still far from the government’s initial target of 500,000 jabs per day.
In the National Capital Region (NCR), he said 42.52 percent or 4,157,092 individuals are now fully protected against the respiratory disease, while 7,158,800 are partially vaccinated.
The partially vaccinated individuals in NCR are now 7,158,800 or equivalent to 73.23 percent of the target population.
The government is eyeing to inoculate 70 percent of the 110 million Filipinos by November.
Daily jabs increase
Meanwhile, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the government is eyeing to increase the daily jabs target from 500,000 to 700,000.
“As of now, we want to raise our daily jabs target to more than 500,000 to 700,000 vaccination this August but we weren’t able to achieve it due to slippage,” Galvez said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
He added that this was because the local government units had been busy with other things such as the distribution of financial assistance and other pandemic responses.
He also said healthcare workers who were stationed in the vaccination sites as vaccinators have to be redeployed to treatment facilities as additional manpower to the surge.
“That is why the Department of Health is moving so hard to hire more additional resources and personnel for vaccination,” he added.
25 million doses of vaccine for September
Galvez, who is also the National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer said the country is expecting additional 25 million doses of Covid for September.
“We talked to Sinovac, Pfizer, Moderna, and Sputnik to deliver as many doses of vaccines as they can,” he said.
The expected deliveries for September are composed of government-procured 12 million doses of Sinovac, five million doses of Pfizer, two million doses of Moderna, one million doses of AstraZeneca, and one million doses of Sputnik.
He also said that part of the expected deliveries for September are one million doses of undisclosed Covid-19 vaccine and three million doses from the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility.
Overall, the country has received a total of 52,603,760 doses of Covid-19 since February this year.