The Philippines breached the 18-million mark of the total vaccines administered, and surpassed the 500,000 jabs a day target for two consecutive days, said Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque in a press briefing on Thursday.
He reported that local government units administered 659,029 vaccine doses on Tuesday, July 27, and 534,612 vaccine doses the next day.
“I congratulate everyone – to our local government units for conducting a safe, convenient, efficient vaccine roll-out, to the public for their cooperation, and to medical frontliners serving as vaccinators,” Roque said.
As per the latest cumulative data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Task Force, the number of vaccine doses administered has leaped since the start of the vaccine roll-out.
From 777,908 vaccine doses in March, the country has administered 18,709,017 vaccine doses as of July 28, 2021.
Some 7,277,312 individuals had been fully vaccinated, while 11,431,705 had received their first vaccine dose.
An increase in vaccine confidence among the public and continuous vaccine supply resulted in the rise in vaccination nationwide.
The Presidential Spokesperson said that as long as vaccines continue to arrive, the country will achieve the 50- to 70-percent population protection target before the end of the year.
Experts say that vaccines are an added protection, especially in the face of the Delta variant. These would dramatically reduce the risk of serious illness that could lead to hospitalization or death.
Initial 375,570 doses of government-procured Pfizer vaccines arrived on July 26.
Some 1.5 million doses of government-procured Sinovac vaccines arrived on Thursday (July 29), and an additional 1 million doses will arrive on Friday