TIMELINE: COVID-19 vaccine deliveries and rollout in the Philippines

(CNN Philippines) — The government aims to vaccinate up to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, hoping to achieve herd immunity to protect the population against rising coronavirus cases and even faster-spreading variants.

To keep track of these goals, CNN Philippines lists the government’s schedule of delivery and deployment of COVID-19 vaccines for the year, as laid down by vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

The Philippines has received a total of 38.2 million COVID-19 vaccines this year, 20.5 million of which were from China’s Sinovac.

Around 10 million Filipinos have been fully inoculated amid the threat of the feared Delta variant that prompted the government to impose stricter lockdowns in Metro Manila and other parts of the country.

FIRST QUARTER

February 28 – arrival of 600,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 1 – vaccination drive for medical frontliners kicks off

March 4 – arrival of 487,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 7 – arrival of 38,400 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility

March 24 – arrival of 400,000 Sinovac doses donated by China

March 24 to 26 – expected arrival of 979,200 AstraZeneca doses donated via COVAX facility (delayed)

March 29 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

March 29 – Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of senior citizens

March 31 – Metro Manila LGUs start vaccination of adults with comorbidities

Expected total vaccine supply by end of March: 3,504,800 total doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 2,525,600

Vaccinated Filipinos as of March 23: 508,332

SECOND QUARTER

April

April 11 – arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 22 – arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

April 25 – expected arrival of 15,000 Sputnik V doses from Russia’s Gamaleya (pushed back to April 28, then May 1)

April 29 – arrival of 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses

Total doses that arrived in the country: 4,025,600

Target number to be vaccinated: 500,000 to 1 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of April 29: 1,562,815 (first dose), 246,986 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated: 0.35% of 70 million Filipinos

May

May 1 – arrival of 15,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

May 1 – vaccine drive for minimum wage workers and overseas Filipino workers start

May 7 – arrival of purchased 1.5 million out of 2 million Sinovac doses promised this month

May 8 – arrival of 2,030,400 AstraZeneca doses via COVAX

May 10 – arrival of 193,050 Pfizer doses via COVAX

May 12 – arrival of 15,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

May 20 – arrival of the remaining 500,000 purchased Sinovac doses for this month

May 30 – arrival of 50,000 purchased Sputnik V doses

expected arrival of 2.2 million Pfizer doses via COVAX within the month (postponed to June 10)

Expected total vaccine supply by end of May: 11,779,050

Total doses that arrived in the country: 8,329,050

Target number to be vaccinated: 1 million to 2 million Filipinos per week

Vaccinated Filipinos as of May 30: 3,974,350 (first dose), 1,206,371 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated: 1.72% of 70 million Filipinos

June

June 6 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

June 7 – vaccine drive for essential workers start

June 10 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses and 2,279,160 COVAX-donated Pfizer doses

June 11  – arrival of 100,000 purchased Sinovac doses

June 15 – vaccine drive for indigent residents of San Juan and Mandaluyong starts

June 17 – arrival of 1.5 million purchased Sinovac doses

June 24 – arrival of 2 million purchased Sinovac doses

June 27 – arrival of 249,600 purchased Moderna doses

June 28 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

Expected doses by end of June: 21,829,050

Total doses that arrived in the country as of June 28: 17,455,470

Target number to be vaccinated: 2 million to 3 million Filipinos per week

Vaccination capacity as of June 28: Around 350,000 shots daily

Vaccinated Filipinos as of June 28: 7,538,128 (first dose), 2,527,286 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated as of June 28: 3.6% of 70 million Filipinos

THIRD QUARTER

July

July 8 – arrival of 1,124,100 AstraZeneca doses donated by Japan

July 9 – arrival of COVAX-donated 2,028,000 AstraZeneca doses and 132,200 purchased Sputnik V doses

July 10 – arrival of 37,800 purchased Sputnik V doses

July 14 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

July 15 – arrival of 250,800 Moderna doses

July 16 – arrival of 1,150,800 purchased AstraZeneca doses and 1,606,600 single-dose Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccines via COVAX 

July 17 – arrival of 1.5 million purchased Sinovac doses and 1,606,600 more COVAX-donated J&J doses

July 21 – arrival of 459,810 purchased Pfizer doses

July 22 – arrival of 1.5 million purchased Sinovac doses

July 23 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

July 26 – arrival of 375,570 purchased Pfizer doses

July 29 – arrival of 1.5 million purchased Sinovac doses

July 30 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

Total doses that arrived in the country as of July 31: 33,860,700

Daily vaccination target: 500,000

Vaccination capacity as of July 31: 523,018 daily average in the final week of July; with highest single-day tally of 659,029 doses on July 28

Vaccinated Filipinos as of July 31: 11,747,581 (first dose), 9,115,963 (2nd dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated as of July 31: 13% of 70 million Filipinos

August

August 2 – arrival of 415,040 AstraZeneca doses via COVAX

August 3 – arrival of 3 million Moderna doses via COVAX (US donation)

August 5 – arrival of 1 million purchased Sinovac doses

August 8  – arrival of 326,400 purchased Moderna doses

Total doses that arrived in the country as of August 5: 38,275,800

Daily vaccination target: 750,000

Vaccination capacity as of August 5: Highest tally of 702,013 administered doses on August 3 alone

Vaccinated Filipinos as of August 5: 12,206,553 (first dose), 10,282,152 (second dose)

Percentage of the population fully vaccinated as of August 5: 14.6% of 70 million Filpinos

September

– 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

FOURTH QUARTER

October

– 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

November

– 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

December

– 20 million total vaccine doses (brand not yet specified)

Expected total vaccine supply by end of 2021: 140.5 million doses

As of Aug. 5, the government was able to administer 22.4 million shots out of the 38.2 million doses that it received from different vaccine manufacturers this year. This means over 15 million doses have yet to be distributed and administered in different parts of the country.

So far, seven manufacturers have already gotten regulatory approval for emergency use of their vaccine in the country: Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Moderna and Bharat Biotech. But the government has only signed supply agreements with Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax.

Sinopharm received an EUA in June, but only for the donated batch used to inoculate President Rodrigo Duterte, his close-in security group, and other public officials after the FDA granted a compassionate special permit in February.

On Aug. 6, Metro Manila shifted to enhanced community quarantine until Aug. 20, while Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro were placed under ECQ until Aug. 15. Other areas of the country were previously shifted to stricter lockdowns due to the spread of the feared Delta vairant.

During this period, the government plans to administer at least 4 million additional doses to Metro Manila residents to protect more people against the virus. Those who will get their shots are considered authorized persons outside of residence, provided that they present their vaccination schedule to authorities.

The country has already reported 331 cases of the Delta variant, less than a month since the government confirmed its local transmission in the country. The highly transmissible variant was first detected in the Philippines on July 16, with only 16 cases back then.

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 said the government is now aiming to administer 750,000 shots daily in August, a target initially set for the fourth quarter.

Task force chief and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the projected eligible population for inoculation still stands at 70 million to achieve herd immunity.

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