Philippines to buy extra 20 million doses of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine

The government’s goal is to inoculate 54 million Filipinos by year-end, or 70 per cent of the targeted population, Galvez said.

The next goal is to hit the 77 million threshold by the end of March 2022, and then 90 million, or 82 per cent of the country’s population, by the end of June, he said.

Galvez said the government was looking to expand the coverage of booster shots, which currently is limited to healthcare workers and senior citizens, to include government personnel and “economic frontliners” starting next month.

The Omicron variant has not yet been detected in the Philippines, which has suspended inbound flights from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mozambique until Dec 15.


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