By Deighton Acuin


Vice President Leni Robredo has joined officials urging the government to deploy more vaccine supplies in areas outside Metro Manila having a rise in infections due to COVID-19.

“‘Yung request natin ngayon hindi nalang dito sa Metro Manila, pero ‘yung mga areas of concern all over the Philippines, sana masuportahan,” Robredo said during her weekly radio show on Sunday, June 10.

“'Yun talaga ‘yung problema. Halimbawa, dito sa Metro Manila, nakita natin sa balita, A5 (indigent population) na ‘yung binabakunahan, pero sa mga probinsya hindi pa nga tapos ‘yung A2 (senior citizens),” she added.

Local chief executives have been calling the government to increase vaccine allocations amid rising in cases, with Cagayan de Oro Representative Rufus Dominguez saying there was an unfair distribution of jabs in some parts of the country.

“Economic centers” like Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Davao were currently under prioritization of vaccine delivery in order to fast-track the herd immunity in the country, according to the Department of Health.

Despite prioritization, the government repeatedly said there is no neglect in other areas and vowing to increase vaccine allocations.

As of Sunday, the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,359,015 total COVID-19 cases, 1,277,715 recoveries, and 23,621 moralities.

Meanwhile, as of May 18, 8,050,711 COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country of which 5,953,810 individuals have received the first dose while 2,096,901 individuals have completed two doses.

Report source: CNN Philippines