Half of Metro Manila’s target population could be fully vaccinated after the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from Aug. 6 to 20, a Palace official said on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this statement during the ceremonial program to celebrate 10 million Filipinos being fully vaccinated at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
The two-week ECQ would be used to ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination and healthcare capacity, Roque added.
“We will take advantage of the ECQ to speed up vaccinations,” he said in Filipino in his speech.
Roque earlier said the government is going to distribute 4 million additional Covid-19 jabs to Metro Manila local governments amid stricter lockdowns.
Should Covid-19 vaccination run smoothly, Metro Manila may even finish vaccinating 50 percent of its target population, Roque said, quoting Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.
“My cousin, Secretary Duque, told me that we might reach the point where Metro Manila will achieve 50 percent fully-vaccinated population, siguro po pagkatapos na pagkatapos ng ECQ (perhaps after the ECQ),” he said partly in Filipino.
He encouraged the public to get their Covid-19 jabs as soon as they can, stressing that it is the only way for Filipinos to continue earning a living.
“It is important that we continue vaccinations so that we can return to work, return to our families, and return to our normal lives,” he said in Filipino.
Meanwhile, he lauded joint efforts of the national government, local governments, and the private sector to continuously vaccinate more people against the disease.
Metro Manila will shift to the strictest ECQ from Aug. 6 to 20 to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.
Composed of 16 cities, Metro Manila currently has a population of over 13 million.
To date, the government has administered over 21.9 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. As of Aug. 4, 10 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
The Philippines is aiming to achieve “population protection” against Covid-19 by inoculating 50 to 60 percent of the population with a concentration in Metro Manila, two other cities, and six provinces by yearend.
On Wednesday, the country logged 7,342 more Covid-19 cases, bringing the country’s total infections to 1,619,824.Recoveries reached 1.528 million with 7,285 more patients getting better while 90 more deaths brought the death toll to 28,231.