Over 400,000 doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine have been deployed in the Calabarzon region, the single largest allocation of the said vaccine brand in the area, according to the Department of Health's Calabarzon office.
According to DOH Calabarzon, these are good for both first-dose and second-dose vaccinations for residents in the region. Over the weekend, the DOH had distributed some 180,000 doses of China-produced Sinovac vaccines in the area.
In a text message to ABS-CBN News, DOH Calabarzon said the Pfizer vaccine doses were distributed on June 10, 15, and from June 19 to 22.
Vaccine doses meant for Carmona in Cavite will be deployed on June 25.
Around 140,400 doses were sent to Cavite, around 105,300 were allocated to Laguna Province, and 70,200 to Batangas.
Local executives from the region, with cities adjacent to virus epicenter Metro Manila, earlier requested additional vaccine allocations as they tallied more COVID-19 cases over the past few weeks.
A total of 84,240 doses are allocated for Rizal province, of which, 35,100 are for Antipolo City.
On Monday, Calabarzon recorded 1,254 fresh COVID-19 cases, and a total of 15,101 active cases. Total confirmed cases stood at 183,116, including 5,387 deaths and 162,628 recoveries.
The Pfizer vaccines reached the Philippines through vaccine-sharing facility COVAX of the World Health Organization. The Philippines last June 10 received almost 2.28 million of Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccines in what was so far the largest vaccine shipment for the said brand.
Based on the WHO's framework, only medical frontliners, seniors, persons with comorbidities and indigents may be given the Pfizer jabs from COVAX.
— Report from Andrew Bernardo