249,600 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Philippines on June 27, 2021

Manila, Philippines – The 249,600 Moderna COVID-19 vaccines procured by the Philippine government arrived in the country on Sunday, June 27, 2021. These vaccines were developed by the United States National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA).

The said shipment landed at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 on Sunday around 11 pm via Singapore Airlines Flight SQ918.

Also present in receiving of the package is Vaccine czar and National Task Force against coronavirus disease 2019 Chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., Economic Counselor for US Embassy-Manila David Gamble Jr., and International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) Executive Vice President Christian Razon Gonzalez.

According to the National Task Force against COVID-19, 150,000 Moderna vaccines were procured by the government while 99,600 were procured by the private sector.

In a survey conducted by the Social Weather Station (SWS), the most preferred vaccines of Filipinos are from Sinovac and Pfizer-BioNTech.

Covid-19 Vaccines Update

So far, the government has received a total of 12,608,210 Covid-19 doses of vaccines as of June 10, 2021.

Here is the table showing the number of vaccines delivered in the country from February 2021 to present.

Name of Vaccines
As of July 2021
Sputnik V180,000

The Philippine government has already distributed 13,802,680 doses of COVID vaccines as of June 27, 2021. Each person need 2 doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

Since the vaccination rolled out by March, 2,527,286 were fully vaccinated and 7,538,128 received their first dose. As of June 27, 2021, the Philippine government has administered a total of 10,065,414 doses of vaccines.

The government also assures that the vaccines are free for all its people. The target numbers of full vaccination by the end of the year are at least 58 million individuals.

DOH: Vaccination Priorities

The government approved the vaccination for economic frontline workers in essential sectors (A4) and indigent Filipinos (A5) beginning of June. So far, only health workers, senior citizens and persons with comorbidities have undergone the vaccination program. Here are the following categories in vaccination program.

CategoryPriority group
A1Frontline health workers both national and local; public and non-public; health professional and non-professional (students, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, et. al)
A2Senior citizens (60-years old and above)
A3Persons with comorbidities
A4Economic frontline workers in essential sectors including uniformed personnel.
A5Indigent Filipinos
B1Teachers and Social workers
B2Other Government Workers
B3Other Essential Workers such as grocery store workers, bank workers, retail workers, mall workers
B4Socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and indigenous Filipinos such as persons deprived of liberty, persons with disabilities, Filipinos living in high-density areas, students
B5Overseas FIlipino Workers
B6Other remaining workforce
CRest of the Filipino population not otherwise included in the above priority groups

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