THE Philippines has administered more than two million vaccines nationwide, while more than 2,600 people had been inoculated with the Sputnik V vaccine, according to a top official of the Department of Health (DoH).
According to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, chairman of the National Vaccination Operations Center, 2.065 million vaccines had been administered to people in 1,016 active vaccination sites in the country.
Of the 1.744 million people who were given the first dose, 1.114 million were in priority group A1 or frontline health care workers; 329,650 in priority group A2 or senior citizens; 293,312 for priority group A3 or people with comorbidities; and 7,342 under priority group A4 or frontline essential workers.
Of the 320,586 second doses that were given, 284,065 went to medical frontliners; 4,966 to senior citizens; and 31,555 to persons with co-morbidities.
Cabotaje said that out of the initial 15,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine rolled out in five cities, 2,634 recipients were from Paranaque, Manila and Makati while Muntinlupa and Taguig started their inoculations on Wednesday.
She added that the inoculations of Sputnik V should be calibrated as its temperature requirements are different from the CoronaVac and Vaxzevria vaccines that only require 2-8 degree temperature storage.
“Importante na calibrated and eksakto ang mga pupunta na mga babakunahan (The [vaccinations] should be calibrated and that there should be an exact number of people who should be vaccinated,” Cabotaje said.
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