In a span of four days from June 28 to July 1, the government administered one million Covid-19 doses, the fastest time frame since the start of the Covid-19 vaccination in March.

Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, said on July 2 that this brought the total number of shots administered in the country to 11 million.

“Kaya po talagang umaarangkada na po ang ating pagpapabakuna at nagpapasalamat po tayo sa lahat ng LGUs (local government units), sa DOH (Department of Health), lalo na kay [NTF Chief Implementer Carlito Galvez Jr.], na kahit nga, alam mo, hirap na hirap tayo makakuha ng supply at medyo gipit pa nga tayo sa supply, noong nakaraang linggo at ngayong linggong ito, e, nakapag-jab po tayo na napakarami dito lang sa nakaraang apat na araw,” Dizon said.

Even with this milestone, the testing czar said in a Laging Handa government briefing that there was still a limited supply of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, making it difficult to deliver to other LGUs requesting for more doses.

“Kaya nga po marami sa ating mga local chief executive, marami sa ating mga gobernador, ay humihingi ng napakaraming bakuna. At humihingi po tayo ng pasensya sa ating mga mayor at governor, dahil nga po sa limitadong supply, e hindi pa tayo makapagbigay ng maraming bakuna sa kanila,” he said.

Dizon also said focus would remain on the “NCR Plus 8” area in administering the Covid-19 vaccine doses as advised by health experts in and out of the country.

The NCR Plus 8 is composed of NCR or the National Capital Region, Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, and Rizal.

Earlier, task force chief Galvez announced that the Philippines was expecting to receive 13.3 million doses of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Moderna shots in July. Jelo Ritzhie Mantaring