PH records over 30M jabs administered as more vaccines arrive

The Philippines reached a new milestone in its vaccination program as the country records more than 30 million vaccines administered at 30,389,160 vaccine doses, as of August 22, 2021 data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard.

From the total number of vaccine doses administered, 17,258,675 individuals have been jabbed with a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 13,130,485 individuals are now fully vaccinated, said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr. during the press briefing that ensued after the “30M Jabs and Counting” event held on August 23, 2021 at SM City in San Mateo, Rizal.

“At habang pataas nang pataas po ang mga numero ng nababakunahan, walang tigil din po ang dating ng suplay ng ating mga bakuna,” said Secretary Roque who mentioned about the delivery of Sinopharm vaccines on August 21 (260,800) and August 20 (749,200), for a total of 1 million doses of vaccines donated by China.

The Palace official also noted the delivery on August 21 of another 1 million doses of Sinovac vaccines purchased by the national government, and the 582,500 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines delivered on August 20, which was procured by local government units (LGUs) and the private sector.

The stable supply of vaccines has been credited by LGUs as a factor in their continued administration of vaccines to their constituents and those from adjacent provinces.

In the same press briefing, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairperson Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. reported that of the 14 million population of the National Capital Region (NCR), of which 70 percent is 9,800,000, 75 percent of the eligible population or 7,350,611 have already received a first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 43.5 percent or 4,262,546 are already fully vaccinated.