NTF: 4 Million vaccinated in the Philippines as of May 23, 2021

Manila, Philippines – The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 said on Sunday that the Philippines has already administered 4,097,425 Covid-19 vaccinations nationwide as of May 23, 2021.

“Hitting the four million mark is a milestone in our National Vaccination Program. This brings us closer to our goal of achieving a daily vaccination rate of at least half a million and achieve herd immunity before yearend.” NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez said.

The government milestone in free immunization program was achieved in nearly three months since it started on March 1.

Secretary Galvez said that will start the vaccination for economic front liners (A4) and indigenous population (A5) beginning June, the government will able to double the figure and vaccinates more than 4M Filipinos as the supply of vaccines is steady available.

“We need to maintain this momentum and remain focused on building up our vaccine supply, ramping up our vaccination rate, and encouraging more of our countrymen to get the jab. This will be the key in saving more lives, putting an end to this pandemic, and revitalizing our economy,” Sec. Galvez noted.

Meanwhile, he added that 2.2 million Pfizer-BioNTech covid-19 vaccines and 300,000 Sputnik V vaccines are expected to arrive by the end of the month and in June 2021.

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 (A1), senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3) 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

Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker

So far, the Philippine government has received a total of 8,279,050 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. Majority of the vaccines received are SinoVac with a total of 5.5M doses.

In latest monitoring report of the National Vaccination Operations Center, 3,147,486 have received their first dose, and 949,939 had their second dose.

The government achieved a 7-day average of vaccinated individuals of 162,513 per day. The government also assures that the vaccines are free for all.

The target numbers of full vaccination by the end of the year are at least 70 million individuals.

Source: ABS-CBN COVID-19 tracker

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