Sat. Jan 29th, 2022

With the success of the country’s first simultaneous vaccine drive against Covid-19 from Nov. 29 to Dec. 3, President Rodrigo R. Duterte is hoping for the same result for its second round next week.

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In a pre-recorded public address aired Monday night, Duterte said the country was able to administer 10.2 million doses across the country during the first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” national vaccination days.

He described this number as a “huge achievement” in the country’s fight against Covid-19 and thanked doctors and other volunteers involved in the five-day event.

“I’d like to thank the doctors, volunteers, and all. Of course, [Health] Secretary [Francisco] Duque and [Vaccine Czar] Secretary [Carlito] Galvez. I thank you on behalf of the Filipino people,” he said.

Duterte said he is also keen on repeating the success during the second round of ‘“Bayanihan, Bakunahan” days.

“We will have a second round of Bayanihan, Bakunahan from December 15 to 17. I hope that would have the same success,” he added.

Earlier, Malacañang said the national government is looking for ways to improve the upcoming
“Bayanihan, Bakunahan” including accommodating walk-ins.

“Of course, we’re saying there should be improvements like accommodating walk-ins. But to the process, it’s really up to the LGUs and then how the process would be done. Our appeal is that there should be a system for walk-ins,” said in Acting Presidential Spokesperson, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, in a radio interview in Filipino.

He said LGUs are also encouraged to extend their average 12-hour operating time until there are still people lined up to get their jabs.

“That’s the President’s directive, he said that until someone is lined up and waiting, don’t close the vaccination site,” he added in Filipino.

Nograles noted that LGUs may also want to consider enhancing their house-to-house vaccination efforts for senior citizens and persons with comorbidities.

“Several or many of the LGUs conduct house-to-house vaccination. If all LGUs had the same initiative especially for senior citizens and those with comorbidities, it would be even better,” he said in Filipino.

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