With Covid19 vaccinations for frontline healthcare workers underway, the national government estimates that by late April or early May, inoculations for the general public are likely to begin.
Currently, the government’s supply of over 1.1 million Covid19 vaccine doses has been on rollout for the 1.7 million frontliners in the country.
However, according to vaccine Czar Carlito Galvez Jr., 1.4 million more doses are expected to arrive in the country this month from Chinese manufacturer Sinovac Biotech. An additional 900,000 shots are also on the way from the vaccine sharing facility, COVAX, and should be delivered by May or April.
With the expected doses here, there will be enough to vaccinate all of the country’s frontliners, and subsequently begin distribution for the general public.
“Nakikita po natin by that time, late April or early May, magkakaroon na tayo ng tinatawag nating general public vaccinations to be held by the LGUs (local government units),” Galvez announced during a press briefing.
Galvez spoke further about the government’s goal of 70 million Filipinos this year, which he referred to as a containment process leading to herd immunity.
He also said that by 2022, elimination of Covid19 in the country will begin with the government as early as now, working with vaccine manufacturers on booster shot distribution in order to address fading immunization.
Meanwhile the country continues to face a rapid spike in Covid19 cases as daily numbers have reached the highest recorded number in one day, at over 8000.