The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech, is expected to arrive in the Philippines this month, said Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
While waiting for the arrival of the vaccines that are expected to inoculate healthcare frontliners, Vergeire said that the government is currently conducting a nationwide information campaign to inform the public concerning the said vaccine.
“We have our townhall meetings sa iba’t ibang sektor para makapagbigay impormasyon,” said Vergeire in an interview with TeleRadyo on Saturday.
“Sana ho magkaroon ng kumpiyansa. Sinisiguro ng gobyerno na hindi tayo bibili ng bakuna na makakasama sa kanila. Ito’y sisiguraduhing ligtas at magiging epektibo para sa populasyon,” added the DOH official.
Reiterating that the vaccines are expected to arrived next week or the following week, Vergeire further stressed: “Ang unang darating na batch ay ‘yung sa COVAX na 117,000 na Pfizer vaccines.”
“Maybe after 3 to 5 days we can already roll it out,” Vergeire further said.