Malacañang urged those who have been vaccinated to observe minimum public health standards, saying it would take weeks before they acquire protection from Covid-19.
Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr. said the vaccine takes time to take effect, hence the need to stick to basic health protocols.
“But our warning to those who received the first shot — it does not take effect immediately. It takes weeks before it takes effect, so continue wearing face masks, frequent handwashing and social distancing,” Roque said.
Roque, also the spokesman for the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease, cautioned that being vaccinated does not mean one can be complacent
“Let’s not be neglectful even though we have been vaccinated,” he said.
So far, 854,063 Filipinos have been vaccinated against Covid-19 since the start of the national immunization program on March 1, with health workers, senior citizens and individuals with comorbidities as top priorities.
The number represents about 1.22 percent of the target 70 million individuals that must be inoculated before the year ends to attain herd immunity.
The country has received 2 million doses of Sinovac and 525,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the Covax Facility.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the country expects the arrival of 2 million more doses, including 1.5 million from Sinovac and 500,000 from Gamaleya, this month.
The government aims to conduct up to 1 million vaccinations per week in May and then 2 to 3 million each week in June and July.
Galvez said more vaccine deliveries were expected in the second half of the year — 20 million doses monthly from August to December.