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Med front-liners’ families now eligible for jabs

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Adult family members and those that live within the same household as medical front-liners may now receive their Covid19 vaccine, as part of the Extended Priority Group defined under National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) Advisory No. 54 released on June 23.


Immediate kin, household help, drivers, and other housemates may receive their jabs at the hospital wherein the front-liner works or their respective local government unit’s (LGUs) designated vaccination site.


This expands upon the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF) inclusion of medical front-liners’ families in the priority group to address fears of workers infecting their household members, back in May.


Broadening the priority group comes as all 1.6 million medical front-liners in the top A1 group, have received at least Covid19 vaccination dose, according to vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.


Meanwhile, additional vaccine doses recently arrived in the country including 1 million from Sinovac and 249,600 from Moderna.


NVOC chief and Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje stated that 150,000 of the Moderna jabs will be utilized in Metro Manila, while the 99,600 doses were procured by businessman Enrique Razon Jr. for his workers.


The Sinovac vaccines, on the other hand, will be distributed to the Covid19 surge struck areas of Visayas and Mindanao.


Last month the national government also signed a procurement deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for 40 million doses of their Covid19 vaccine, expected to arrive by August.


As of June 27, the seven-day average of Covid19 vaccinations is 236,867, with the needed average in order to achieve herd immunity by November, being 350,000 to 500,000 daily.


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