|Individuals under the A4 priority group are inoculated with the COVID-19 vaccine as the local government of Quezon City launches their QC ProtekTODO Bakuna Nights program at the city hall open grounds on June 16, 2021. (Photo by Miguel de Guzman)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] MANILA — The Philippines has administered over eight million doses of COVID-19 vaccine more than three months since the efforts began, inoculation czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Sunday, PhilStar reported. Citing data from the National Vaccination Operations Center, he said 8,050,711 shots have since been given by June 18 from the 7,563,241 that Malacanang reported as of June 16.
That would translate to 2,096,901 fully vaccinated individuals, a figure that remains far from the 50 to 70 million targets by officials this year to reach herd immunity. Some 5,953,810, meanwhile, have received their first dose, per Galvez. "There is no letup in our vaccination campaign," he said in a statement. "All sectors of society are working together so that we can start to move on from this pandemic, bring back a greater sensitivity to our lives, and further open up our economy." Vaccinations in the country began in March and remain for those in priority groups.
Galvez said 1,053,373 health workers have completed their shots, while 1,939,599 senior citizens got their first dose and 536,476 with their second. Of those with comorbidities, he said 498,925 are now fully vaccinated, while 2,005,206 got their first shot. Essential workers or those in the A4 list, meanwhile, were at 8,127 completely inoculated, with 452,600 with their first dose.