Govt eyeing to administer up to 1M COVID-19 vaccine doses daily by October

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 29) — The government is hoping to pick up the pace of the COVID-19 vaccination drive even more in October as supply is expected to substantially increase by then, a health official said on Wednesday.

"With the number of vaccines na darating sa bansa (expected to arrive in the country), we target to reach around 800,000 to 1 million doses administered in a day," Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a Laging Handa briefing.

The highest number of doses injected in a single day since the rollout started in March was around 700,000, she noted.

Cabotaje said the government expects around 30 million to 40 million doses per month from October until December.

With this, the COVID-19 vaccination of the general population will finally start.

The Department of Health is eyeing to inoculate adolescents with comorbidities first, Cabotaje said. Hospital officials earlier reported that some of their critically ill COVID-19 patients were children with comorbidities.

To date, there are around 20 million fully vaccinated Filipinos, Cabotaje said, but this is still far from the government's goal of inoculating at least 70 million.