A total of 2,634 Filipinos were vaccinated from the initial 15,000 deployed doses of the Russian-produced Sputnik V vaccine, a Department of Health (DOH) official said in a televised public briefing on Wednesday, May 5.

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said the majority of those who were vaccinated were from Paranaque, at 2,100, followed by Makati at 369, and Manila at 165. Vaccinations in Taguig and Muntinlupa will begin on Wednesday.

No serious side effects have been reported so far, Cabotaje said.

“Since kahapon lang lang natin naumpisahan, wala pa namang naitatala na side effects, although yung ineexpect nating side effect is kagaya lang din ng mga nararamdaman natin sa iba’t-ibang bakuna, hindi lang ng Covid, “ she said.

The Department of Health (DOH) and local government units are aiming to finish the initial vaccination of the Sputnik V shots within five days and to administer the second dose after 21 days.

The DOH also reported that as of May 4, more than two million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, with 1,744,649 Filipinos receiving their first dose and 320,586 receiving their second. Isabell Andrea Pine