Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. on Tuesday said the country was no longer facing issues with its vaccine supply, more than eight months since it launched its inoculation program.

“Right now, the supply is not anymore an issue,” Galvez told President Rodrigo Duterte in a televised meeting.

“We have more than 38 million doses in our warehouses,” he added.

Galvez also expressed confidence that the country’s vaccine total would reach 100 million by the end of the month. As of Oct. 16, it has received 91,546,620 Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Incentives for vaccinated Pinoys

The private sector had proposed incentives to vaccinated Filipinos to increase the country’s vaccination numbers, Galvez said.

Such incentives may include less restrictions on travel and permission to dine in restaurants, he said.

Galvez cited the case of Israel.

“Ganoon ang ginagawa ng Israel na ‘yung mga unvaccinated e every week po sina-swab at ‘yung pag-swab po is ‘yung expense ay doon china-charge din sa mga tao. Iyon ang parang ginagawa nga natin na tinatawag natin…[to] entice most of our unvaccinated to be vaccinated,” he said.

The private sector also suggested reopening schools and public transport further, Galvez said.

According to the vaccine czar, 24,298,753 Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 vaccines, equivalent to 31.76 percent of the country’s target population. John Ezekiel J. Hirro