1.2 M Moderna vaccines arrive
The Philippines hit over 210 million in secured vaccine doses since the pandemic started as it received yet another batch of Moderna jabs procured by the private sector on Dec. 29.
National Task Force Against Covid-19 consultant, Lt. Col. Francel Margareth Taborlupa together with other government officials welcomed the arrival of 1,230,800 doses of Moderna jabs, which she said would greatly contribute to the country’s target of vaccinating 54 million people.
The latest shipment will be used for first and second doses, as well as for booster shots, the official added.
Data from the Department of Health showed over 60 million doses of vaccines were delivered to the Philippines in December 2021 alone.
“It’s going to boost the vaccination effort of the Philippine government. It will really help us attain our target of vaccinating 54 million in order to attain population protection,” Taborlupa said during the arrival ceremony at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.
She said the government is also aiming to vaccinate at least 77 million people before the 2022 election and kickoff the inoculation drive for five to 11 years old by mid-January.
With enough jabs in the country’s stockpile, Taborlupa reiterated the government’s appeal to all unvaccinated to get jabbed as soon as possible, especially with the entry of the Omicron variant in the country. – PNA