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DOH: Over 2 million get 1st dose of COVID-19 jab; 514,655 now fully vaccinated

More than 2 million individuals in the Philippines have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, while over 500,000 are now fully protected after receiving two doses, the Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday.

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said 2,539,693 doses have been administered in 1,047 active vaccination sites nationwide as of May 11.

A total of 2,025,038 people have received their first dose, 1,195,381 of whom are health workers, 466,899 are senior citizens, 353,842 are persons with comorbidities, and 8,916 are essential workers.

Among the 514,655 fully vaccinated individuals, 355,242 are health workers, 25,070 are senior citizens, and 134,343 are persons with comorbidities.

Cabotaje said 23% of 1.5 million health workers included in the vaccination master list have not yet been inoculated.

“Many of these are from the other regions kasi nag-prioritize tayo sa NCR (because we prioritized NCR),” she said at a Laging Handa briefing.

She also said only 6% of 7.7 million senior citizens registered for vaccination have received a jab. Majority of the vaccinated elderly are in COVID-19 hotspots Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and Central Luzon.

Earlier in the day, Cabotaje said the bulk of the latest shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines will be used as a first dose ahead of their midyear expiry.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III vowed that no AstraZeneca doses will be wasted.

The Philippines aims to inoculate 50 million to 70 million people this year.