MANILA (UPDATE) – The Philippines will hold another national immunization campaign from December 15 to 17 after the government successfully immunized more than 7.6 million people in its first three-day campaign this week, the Ministry of Health said Thursday. Health.
More than 2.71 million people were vaccinated on Monday, followed by 2.46 million on Tuesday and 2.45 million on Wednesday as part of the National COVID-19 Vaccination Days program, Under Secretary of Health Myrna Cabotaje said. .
“‘Di pa ho kumpleto ang ating mga report. May updates this, but we are very happy because it is more than twice the daily vaccination rate. Kung tutuusin, talagang bayanihan,” she said during of a virtual press briefing.
(The reports are not yet complete. It is still being updated, but we are very happy because it is more than twice the daily vaccination rate. It was truly a bayanihan.)
The best performing regions during National Immunization Days were Calabarzon, Central Luzon and Central Visayas, according to Cabotaje.
The regions that have exceeded their targets for the nationwide vaccination campaign are Ilocos, Metro Manila, Cordilleras, Mimaropa and Cagayan Valley, she said.
The second vaccination campaign was approved by Health Secretary Francisco Duque, Vaccine Tsar Secretary Carlito Galvez and Testing Tsar Vince Dizon, according to Cabotaje.
“Tuloy-tuloy from December 15 to 17 during the second round of national immunization day,” she said.
(The second round of our National Immunization Day will be December 15-17.)
Local governments have volunteered to extend the vaccination campaign by 3 days to “keep the excitement going,” Cabotaje added.
“Dahil her strong desire to get vaccinated, there is now a voluntary extension of vaccination days to maintain the enthusiasm for getting vaccinated,” she said.
(Due to the strong will to get vaccinated, there is now a voluntary extension of vaccination days so that we can keep the public excited about getting vaccinated.)
“Ang ating (our) challenge was really an opportunity to extend vaccination hours and allow walk-in visits. Maraming salamat sa lahat ng tumulong (Thanks to those who helped us). “
The Philippine Red Cross said it administered more than 83,532 doses, exceeding its target of 53,000 doses, during the 3-day vaccination campaign.
It mobilized 800 volunteers, 25 teams, 12 vaccination buses and 17 vaccination centers, according to the PRC health services.
“This is a breakthrough for the PRC. Whatever the circumstances, we are always the first, always ready and always there, fully involved to go the extra mile to help our compatriots,” said the president of the Red Cross. , Senator Richard Gordon.
The Philippines has so far fully inoculated 36.4 million, while another 49.7 million have received an initial dose as of November 30, according to data collected by the ABS-CBN investigation and research group.
The government aims to fully immunize at least 54 million people by the end of the year to ensure the protection of the population against the virus.