Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Demography Christopher “Bong” Go called on all eligible Filipinos to support the National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1 in a bid to move the country one step closer to achieving herd immunity against the coronavirus.
The lawmaker emphasized the significance of the ‘Bayanihan Bakunahan’ program, which will be conducted on the said days, to inoculate an additional 15 million Filipinos.
“Marami pang paparating na bakuna sa mga susunod na buwan kaya dapat iturok na kung ano ang mayroon sa mga natitirang essential at vulnerable sectors upang masiguro na walang Pilipinong maiiwan patungo sa ating muling pagbangon,” he added.
The country has administered nearly 77 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines with a daily average of 834,994 shots in the last seven days, as of November 22. A total of 42.6 million individuals have received their first dose while 33.8 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated.
To ensure the success of the nationwide undertaking, the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the Department of Health and the Department of Interior and Local Government have tapped the assistance of all concerned government agencies, local government units, medical community, private sector and civil groups.
The task force has also enlisted the help of the Department of Transportation, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police and the Office of Civil Defense in transporting the vaccines. Meanwhile, medical organizations and nurses and dental associations will augment the manpower needed to administer the shots.
Cabinet Secretary and acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles stated in a press statement that November 29 and December 1 shall be considered ‘special working days’ while November 30 will remain a regular holiday to commemorate the birth anniversary of Andres Bonifacio.
To encourage employees and workers of the government and the private sector to get vaccinated, the President issued a Proclamation declaring November 29 to December 1 as “Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days.”
The Proclamation provides that workers shall not be considered absent in their work if they will be vaccinated during the aforesaid period, provided that they present proof of vaccination to their employers. (SPH/AQP)