Philippine Cities Halt First-Dose Vaccination as Supply Runs Out

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Several cities in the Philippine capital region have halted their first-dose vaccination programs as supply from the national government runs out.

Makati City, home to the nation’s main financial district, said the scheduled inoculation of frontline workers receiving the Covid-19 vaccine for the first time won’t push through on Tuesday. It also shut several vaccination sites in malls and schools, the city government said on Facebook.

Philippine Cities Halt First-Dose Vaccination as Supply Runs Out

Paranaque, Caloocan and Valenzuela cities have also stopped first-dose vaccinations as they await for additional supplies, while Malabon and Muntinlupa announced they will no longer entertain walk-ins.

Metro Manila and adjacent provinces account for about two-thirds of the Southeast Asian nation’s economic output. With over a quarter of the nation’s population, vaccination in the capital region is key to boosting domestic demand and reviving the economy after last year’s record slump.

The Philippines will receive about a million AstraZeneca Plc doses from Japan and 170,000 Sputnik V vaccines it ordered from Russia this week, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said on Monday. About 2.87 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, less than 3% of its population.

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