The vaccine czar says 1,500 barangays nationwide identified as ‘centers of gravity’ of the local COVID-19 pandemic will be given the chunk of the country’s vaccine supply.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) Bulk of the COVID-19 vaccines of the country will be focused on 1,500 barangays nationwide identified as ‘centers of gravity’ of the local pandemic, National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said.
The countrys vaccine czar announced this on Wednesday during the launch of San Juan Citys vaccination program for economic frontliners.
In response to President Dutertes directive to prioritize areas with a spike in COVID-19 cases, were increasing the vaccine administration capacity of these areas, Galvez said in a statement.
He added that most vulnerable areas for COVID-19 surges will also be given priority in vaccine distribution.
In May, the government identified nine focus areas vulnerable to the coronavirus that are set to get a significant portion of the coronavirus shots the country will receive. These include Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Pampanga, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.
Based on latest data, the government has so far received over 9 million COVID-19 vaccines, most of which are Chinas Sinovac. Some 6 million COVID-19 shots have been administered, with 1.6 million individuals fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
On Thursday, 3.2 million doses of Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines are expected to arrive in the country, its biggest single-day delivery to date. Pfizer vaccines, which are coming from the the World Health Organization-led COVAX facility, will be allocated to health workers, senior citizens, and people with comorbidity, while Sinovac doses will be used on essential workers in the focus areas.
Also expected to arrive on Friday are 100,000 doses of Sputnik V.
For June, Galvez said they expect to receive over 11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.
We will immediately allocate these vaccines for LGUs that need it, he said. Now that were assured with a steady supply of vaccines, our vaccine deployment is also expected to normalize.
From the initial goal of inoculating up to 70% of the Philippine population by year-end to achieve herd immunity, the government has recalibrated targets to 50% to 60%, giving more focus on Metro Manila to reach immediate protection.