The government on Friday achieved another milestone in the fight against Covid-19 by reaching the 100-million doses mark since the rollout began in March.
The latest data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard showed 100.013 million doses have been administered nationwide, with 43.024 million Filipinos now fully protected and 1.014 million already with booster or additional doses.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., chief of the National Task Force Against Covid-19, continues to reiterate the need for local government units nationwide to further ramp up vaccination efforts, especially now that the Omicron variant has been detected.
“We should not panic because the government is ready for the Omicron variant,” he said in a previous interview in Filipino.
The government is looking to complete the two doses of 11 million more Filipinos to reach the target of 54 million before the end of the year.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III also noted that the government has always been prepared for worst-case scenarios and constantly updates the country’s pandemic response strategies.
“We are very prepared. This comes from the fact that last year when we had our surge in July and August, we did not even have a single vaccine,” he said.
The second round of the national vaccination days “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” is on its third and last day, except in areas affected by Typhoon “Odette”.
The Philippines has so far received 178 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, both procured and donated, since February.