Gov’t: General inoculation to start as early as April, no door-to-door vaccinations

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With more COVID-19 jabs expected to arrive in the coming weeks, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. says that ordinary Filipinos may soon be lining up for vaccine shots.

Galvez said in a virtual briefing on Tuesday that general public vaccinations headed by local government units may already be conducted by late April or early May.

Over one million doses of Sinovac’s CoronaVac are slated to arrive this month, while some 900,000 doses from the country’s second COVAX tranche might reach the Philippines by late March or early April, Galvez claimed.

Meanwhile, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque made clear that door-to-door vaccinations will not take place, which President Rodrigo Duterte wanted particularly to be done to informal settlers so they can get vaccinated ahead.

“As explained to him by [Health] Secretary [Franscisco] Duque, meron pong mga iba’t ibang vaccination centers na itatayo ang mga lokal na pamahalaan. At itong mga vaccination centers naman, hindi malalayo sa mga lugar o mga tahanan na tinitirhan ng mga informal settlers kasi importante rin na ma-monitor sila matapos mabakunahan,” Roque said.