VACCINE ARRIVALS Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd inspects the arrival of several boxes of Pfizer vaccines, part of the 2.2 million doses that arrived in Manila on June 10, 2021. DOH PHOTO
VACCINE ARRIVALS Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd inspects the arrival of several boxes of Pfizer vaccines, part of the 2.2 million doses that arrived in Manila on June 10, 2021. DOH PHOTO


THE Philippines got another boost in its vaccination efforts against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covdi-19) with the arrival of 2.28 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Tozinameran from the global Covax facility on Thursday night.

The vaccines will be used in the A1 to A3 priority groups, which consist of frontline healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities.

According to Health Secretary Francisco Duque 3rd, it is important to vaccinate these priority groups to prevent another surge that can pack emergency rooms and intensive care units.

"If you are already in the priority group but have not yet registered with your local government unit (LGU), please contact your LGU to get vaccinated. I urge everyone to choose to be vaccinated when it's their turn to protect themselves and their loved ones," Duque added.

Dr. Rabindra Abeyasinghe,World Health Organization Philippine representative, said that the vaccination among senior citizens and persons with comorbidities should be accelerated to protect them from severe infection or death.

"WHO urges the National Task Force and the local government units to establish mechanisms to increase accessibility to vaccination of the healthcare workers and elderly across the country," Abeyasinghe said.

Meanwhile, United Nations Children's Fund country representative Oyunsaikhan Dendevnorov said the arrival of the doses was a "huge step that will contribute to the joint effort to overcome" the virus.

"We continue to advocate for equitable vaccine access to reach more of the vulnerable populations. We at UNICEF remain committed to do our part to ensure a healthier, safer, and more conducive environment for children and their families," said Dendevnorov.