DOH now asking senior citizens to register for COVID-19 shots

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 27) — The Department of Health on Saturday urged senior citizens to register with their local government units for the COVID-19 vaccination program.

“Are you a senior citizen? You are next in our priority list for the COVID-19 Vaccination,” the DOH posted on its official Facebook page. “Register at your LGU now!”

It said senior citizens, or those aged 60 and above, in Metro Manila have until March 31 to sign up while those in the rest of the regions can do so until April 5.

The announcement comes ahead of the expected arrival on Monday of one million doses of Sinovac vaccine purchased by the government. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago “Chito” Sta. Romana said his staff went to the Chinese firm’s office on Friday to inspect the shipment.

It will bring the total of vaccines that have reached the country to over 2.5 million doses.

The country's 1.7 million health care workers are top priority in the national vaccination plan, followed by senior citizens and people with comorbidities, and other frontline workers.

The government expects to hold a simultaneous inoculation of health workers, senior citizens, and other priority groups by May as more vaccines are expected to be delivered to the country.

TIMELINE: COVID-19 vaccine deliveries and rollout in the Philippines