The government is targeting to vaccinate at least 15 million Filipinos during the three-day national Covid-19 vaccination program dubbed “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” Day from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19, said on Wednesday.
During the prerecorded Talk to the People of President Rodrigo Duterte, Galvez bared that the national Covid-19 vaccination initiative will involve a “whole-of-society and whole-of-government” approach.
“It will involve all society and all government agencies,” said Galvez, also the country’s vaccine czar, in Filipino.
Galvez noted that the event, which aims to simultaneously expedite the coronavirus inoculation drive, will be conducted in all 17 regions across the country.
“As we ramp up the implementation of the Covid-19 vaccination nationwide, the national government shall facilitate the vaccination activities and expedite vaccination of individuals with zero-dose by devoting three days solely for vaccination activities nationwide,” he said.
Although the vaccination drive seeks to administer 15 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine, he said “it doesn’t stop there”.
“We are planning to sustain the outcome of the national vaccination day for the coming weeks,” he added.
The initiative will also assist Local government units (LGUs) with low vaccination output to expedite their respective vaccination program, he added.
“So objective po nito (so our objective here) is to mobilize all stakeholders, people and logistics to facilitate the vaccination with Covid-19 vaccines of at least 15 million individuals in three days,” Galvez said, citing that some areas with slow vaccination drives were confronting some challenges and limitations on vaccine logistical and handling requirement.
Galvez said the NTF has recommended to the Department of Health (DOH) to issue a circular order declaring the three-day vaccination drives as regular holidays.
“Our conceptual framework here is the whole-of-society approach and whole-of-government approach. It will be likened to election day,” he said in Filipino.
The government is eyeing to convert various schools, universities’ covered courts, arenas, gymnasiums, and other private establishments–as vaccination sites for the event.
“We have to expand and activate the vaccination site of more or less 4,000 to 5,000 vaccination centers,” Galvez said.
“So we will also mobilize all government agencies, including uniformed personnel and other government agencies that can help us in the vaccination of our total populations, and general populations and children,” he added.