The Philippines set a new record for vaccines administered for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), logging 710,482 persons inoculated last Thursday.
“We hit a record high. We must sustain this,” said Deputy Chief implementer and Covid-19 testing czar Vince Dizon at the at the Laging Handa briefing on Friday.
As of August 5 or Thursday, the total number of vaccine doses administered was 23.2 million. Of this number, 10.7 million are second doses.
Dizon clarified that vaccination against the coronavirus is not required for the issuance of a quarantine pass, debunking fake news circulating on social media.
“There is no such thing, such restriction is prohibited,” Dizon said in Filipino.
He added that under the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) status, the strictest, the public should stay home and go out only for essential activities.
In a virtual presser, Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Covid-19 vaccination program would continue despite the restrictions brought by the ECQ.
“Strict scheduling will be implemented to prevent large numbers of people from going out and congregating. Priority groups A2 and A3 shall continue to be given fast lanes,” Vergeire said.
To ensure that the country will continue its record high number of jabs administered daily during this period, she said mobile vaccination drives and temporary vaccination sites in high-density areas would be rolled out.
She said transportation for both vaccine recipients and the vaccine workforce would be “provided and facilitated” to ensure the continuation of the vaccination program.
“We encourage every eligible individual in our population to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Vaccines work to prevent severe disease and deaths. Help us beat Covid-19 by having yourselves vaccinated,” Vergeire said.
She reminded local government units to have “safe vaccination sites” by implementing strict scheduling and master listing to avoid crowding that plagued some vaccination sites of Metro Manila in the past few days.
Earlier, government officials denounced rumors and “fake news” that resulted in crowding in different vaccination sites across Metro Manila.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chair Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. assured the public that financial aid will not be exclusive to those vaccinated, while Manila Public Information Office head Julius Leonen emphasized that unvaccinated authorized persons outside of residence will still be allowed outside for the duration of the ECQ.