Carlito Galvez, Department of Health undersecretary and vaccine czar, said that the government plans to avail of the vaccination for at least 60 million Filipinos as protection against the coronavirus disease.
They hope to accomplish this within three to to five years’ time.
For each of these years, the number of people who can be vaccinated is between 20 million to 30 million and the money to be spent for it is approximately P73 billion, which covers the syringes and the mobilization, he said.
The sources of the P73 billion will come from the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank as loans and it can be available in December as the task force can use it to place advance orders for vaccines.
Galvez has assured the people that the money is to be spent for this purpose alone and the amount can exceed from P70 billion to P150 billion.
The DOH is directed by a task force to have a list of 35 million Filipinos who would be the priority to avail the chosen vaccine.
These people have been identified as healthcare workers, police and military personnel and other servicemen, essential workers from the social welfare and education departments and other government agencies, the elderly and the poor.
The vaccine should be distributed geographically to the worst-hit areas like Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon and the cities of Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro.
The mass vaccination may start in the second quarter or middle of 2021 and at the latest, at the end of 2021 or early 2022.
The government is at the moment negotiating with foreign governments which are the makers of vaccines for supplies like the governments of Russia, China, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and India.