DOH says some 2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses will expire by end of June

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 27) — The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday said some two million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are set to expire by the end of next month.

Sa ating expiry ng vaccine, we will have the final numbers by end of May but hanggang June, we are expecting, kung hindi ma-jab, almost 2 million kung hindi magamit by end of June,” DOH Usec. Myrna Cabotaje said in a public briefing.

[Translation: We will have the final number of expiring COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May but we are expecting that almost two million will expire if unused by the end of June.]

Cabotaje said the government is coordinating with the United Nations-backed COVAX facility for the replacement of expiring vaccines. Sinovac, Aztrazeneca, and Pfizer vaccines are among the stocks that have expired or are about to expire.

Hindi lang yung galing sa kanila [Not only those from COVAX] but they will also consider some of the vaccines that have been procured by the national government, even our private sector, and our local government,” she noted.

Early in April, Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion said that some 27 million vaccine doses are set to expire in July, with over ₱13 billion pegged to be wasted.

According to DOH data, 73.7 million Filipinos have already received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine while 69.1 million are fully vaccinated as of May 26.

The government has also rolled out second booster shots first to immunocompromised individuals and just recently, also to senior citizens and health workers.