MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine government is expecting to breach by next week the 10-million mark in its COVID-19 vaccination program, testing czar Vince Dizon said Thursday.
In a press briefing with Israeli medical experts, Dizon said the government is close to reaching the targeted 500,000 daily vaccination rate based on the reported doses administered nationwide.
He said that on Wednesday, the Philippines administered over 353,000 doses, the biggest recorded so far.
“The days where we are hitting less than 100,000 are behind us and I think that with the additional vaccine doses that are coming in… the number that we reached yesterday will only get higher in the coming weeks,” he said.
“Our target is 500,000 a day, national. We’re almost there,” he added.
Based on the vaccine statistics presented by Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje in the same briefing, the country has already administered over 9.2 million doses as of June 23.
She said 1.6 million individuals under the A1 or first priority group have been vaccinated – one million of them have completed two doses.
Cabotaje also said that 2 million of the 8 million targeted senior citizens and another 2 million of the 7 million persons with co-morbidities have been inoculated.
Among A4 or essential workers in the NCR Plus 8 areas, 642,709 have received their first dose while 8,623 have been fully vaccinated.
For indigents or A5, 110,934 have been given their first dose against COVID-19.
The national government earlier said it is eyeing to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to achieve population protection against coronavirus disease.