Vaccination of elderlies, police may begin Q2 — Palace

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 4) — The country is targeting to start the vaccination of senior citizens and law enforcers by the second quarter of 2021, according to Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

In a virtual briefing on Thursday, Roque said since the government is expecting to receive more COVID-19 vaccines, the immunization program may be opened up for senior citizens and frontline police officers.

"Sisipa ang supply sa second and third quarter of 2021. Kaya sa second, third quarter, inaasahan natin na sisimulan na [ang pagbabakuna] sa mga lola't lola, ang mga kapulisan," he said.

[Translation: The supply will be boosted in the second and third quarters of 2021. So in the second, third quarter, we expect to start (vaccinating) the elderlies, the police.]

Economic frontliners, or those working in industries open during the enhanced community quarantine, would also be prioritized once more vaccines become available during the period, Roque added.

He noted that vaccine supply from China's Sinovac would be further ramped up starting April.

This morning, Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said the Philippines can expect to receive one million more doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac towards the end of March.

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Roque said the number is seen to double to "two million a month" within the second quarter.