OVER 200,000 medical frontliners out of the 1.7 million have been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. disclosed this on Tuesday, two weeks after the nationwide inoculation in the country started.
Galvez also said rollouts of vaccines in the country are now speeding up.
“Napakaganda po ng development… Bumibilis na naman ang ating vaccination (The has been a positive development… The vaccination is again speeding up).”
“Sa ngayon po nakareceive kami ng report na as of 11 a.m. today, meron na po tayong 216,794 na medical frontiners na nagkaroon na po ng vaccination so may dumagdag po na more or less 17,000 (We have received a report that as of 11 a.m. today, 216,794 medical frontliners have been vaccinated, more or less 17,000 were added to the number).”
Galvez said 1,011,520 of the 1,125,600 vaccine doses received by the country earlier this month have been deployed nationwide.
After the government finishes the inoculation of medical frontiers this April, senior citizens will be vaccinated next, according to the vaccine czar.
Last Sunday, Galvez said the government remains on track in its vaccination program.
He made the statement after Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson criticized the supposed slow distribution of vaccines in the country.
According to Lacson, if the government will not speed up its vaccination efforts then the targeted population of 70 million and the herd immunity might not be achieved until 2033.
Galvez said the supposed slow pace of vaccination of health care workers can be attributed to the precautionary measures and pandemic protocols being imposed by hospitals.