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Gov’t mulls vaccinating general public vs COVID-19 by October

September 14, 2021 - Tuesday 7:09 PM by GDM


The government is studying the possibility of expanding the country’s COVID-19 vaccination program to the general public by October, President Rodrigo Duterte said. 

Presently, the inoculation drive only covers healthcare workers, senior citizens, persons with comorbidities, economic frontliners and the poor. 

“I’d like the people to know that we’re studying the possibility of vaccinating the general adult population as early as October if there is a stable vaccine supply,” Duterte said in a speech aired on Tuesday morning. 

But the government should “keep equity in mind,” the chief executive said. 

“Dapat unahin na natin ang walang-wala at mga mahirap,” Duterte said. 

“‘Yung mga ibang far-flung areas of the country, outside of Metro Manila, there are a lot of Filipinos waiting to be vaccinated,” he added. 

The Philippines has administered 39.1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, with 17 million so far completing inoculation. 

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the government is expecting the delivery of 61 million doses in September and October.