Thu. May 26th, 2022

The government remains optimistic it can achieve population protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) before 2021 ends by fully vaccinating about eight million more.

(philstar.com)

Speaking at a virtual media briefing on Friday, Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 Response and testing czar, Secretary Vince Dizon, said the vaccination program slightly slowed down due to Typhoon Odette, which devastated parts of Visayas and Mindanao last week and ran smack into the second leg of the nationwide drive “Bayanihan, Bakunahan”.

“We are trying to reach this [population protection] so we just need to further ramp up our vaccination, especially administering second doses in the coming days, the remaining days of 2021,” Dizon said in Filipino.

The latest data from the National Covid-19 vaccination dashboard showed the Philippines has already administered 105.118 million doses nationwide since the rollout started in March.

Of the total number, 46.955 million Filipinos have completed their primary doses and 1.341 million received their booster shots or additional doses.

Dizon said the National Task Force Against Covid-19 will also speed up the utilization of single-dose Janssen vaccines to meet the target 54 million fully vaccinated Filipinos until December 31.

Dizon noted there’s a continuing downtrend of Covid-19 cases in the country as the positivity rate was lowered to only 0.8 percent from the previous 1 percent.

He described it as a “very huge” accomplishment despite the setbacks caused by Typhoon Odette in the vaccination drive. 

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