The Philippines received 455,310 Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine doses on Thursday night for its vaccination program for individuals aged 12 and above.

The doses were procured by the national government with funding support from the World Bank, according to the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

The Pfizer jabs brought to 223,684,950 the country’s total doses.

Dr. Ma. Paz Corrales, medical consultant of the NTF, urged parents to have their children vaccinated to help the country’s push to the new normal.

“This is the time to tell the parents na pabakunahan ang ating mga anak…para maging possible na ‘yung face-to-face school opening also for our economy and back to the new normal,” she said.

The national government is crafting a “new normal” roadmap which is expected to be completed by the first week of March, Corrales said.

The Philippines has administered 132,827,769 Covid-19 vaccine doses as of Feb. 16. John Ezekiel J. Hirro