MANILA, Philippines — Local health authorities on Tuesday reported 4,114 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,445,832.
Active cases: 49,613 or 3.4% of the total
Recoveries: 6,086, pushing total to 1,370,923
Deaths: 104, bringing total to 25,296
Vaccination program: New milestones reached but NCR supply dwindles
A total of 12 million Filipinos — 10.9% of the population — have received at least one coronavirus shot since the government launched its inoculation campaign in March, according to the National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon.
Dizon said around 2 million shots were administered within the last two weeks.
As of July 4, only 2.60% of the population — 2,868,905 people — have received the two doses needed for full vaccination, per NTF data. Authorities have said that 70% of the population must be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
But as authorities tout these milestones, Metro Manila cities are starting to feel the bite of a slowly-dwindling jab supply, forcing local governments to limit their inoculation programs' vaccine coverage or to stop them altogether.
Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr., who previously said he expects the country to have a steady supply of vaccines for the rest of the year, is now urging local governments to prioritize the use of Sinovac jabs as second doses instead of first ones.