Over one million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine arrived in the Philippines on Thursday night.

The National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said some of the doses would be used in the inoculation of minors.

Of the total jabs, 76,050 doses were delivered to Cebu City, while 77,220 were shipped to Davao City.

The 862,290 remaining doses were transported for storage at the Pharmaserv cold storage facility in Marikina City.

According to the NTF, most of the doses will be deployed to local government units in Metro Manila for the vaccination of minors, while the rest will be shipped to Regions 3 and IV-A.

As of Oct. 14, a total of 88,706,520 Covid-19 vaccine doses from various vaccine manufacturers have been delivered in the Philippines.

Vaccination of minors kickstarts

The Philippines on Friday opened the vaccination of minors with co-morbidities aged 15 to 17.

About 50 patients were jabbed with Covid-19 vaccines during the ceremonial vaccination at the National Children’s Hospital.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the Philippines had more than 37 million doses available for administration.

The country aims to inoculate up to 90 million Filipinos to achieve herd immunity. John Ezekiel J. Hirro