Galvez: PH Gov’t Eyes Vaccinating Economic Essential Workers In Q2 Of 2021

The Philippine government was looking to vaccinate economic essential workers in Q2 of 2021, according to Galvez.

Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. on Monday night said that the Philippine government was looking to vaccinate economic essential workers in the 2nd quarter of 2021.

Galvez Economic Essential Workers
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During a televised briefing with President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, Galvez said that economic frontliners were also among the Philippine government’s priorities in the COVID-19 vaccination drive.

Galvez also said that Metro Manila mayors also recommended including the economic frontliners among the Philippine government’s priorities for inoculation.

Kasi nakita po natin na ‘yong mga driver sa food industry, sa social services, at the same time, ‘yong life support services, kailangan maproteksiyunan po natin sila. Ito po mga mahihirap din po ito eh. ’Yon po ang recommendation ng ating mga communities and LGUs,” Galvez said.

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The Philippines had already allocated PHP 73.2 billion for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccines, with PHP 40 billion coming from multilateral agencies, PHP 20 billion from domestic sources, and PHP 13.2 billion from bilateral agreements.

In addition, the Philippines was looking to vaccinate 50 to 70 million Filipinos within the year and an estimated 50,000 was expected to be vaccinated in February 2021.

Earlier, Galvez said that the COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by Pfizer could be the first vaccine that will be used against COVID-19 in the Philippines as the COVAX Facility would have an early rollout of the said brand.

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