The Philippines still needs to fully vaccinate seven million Filipinos by the end of the month to meet its target of 54 million and achieve population protection this year.
Based on the data from the national Covid-19 vaccination dashboard, the Philippines, as of Saturday, has administered a total of 105.329 million doses of vaccines nationwide, with 47.109 million Filipinos now fully protected and 1.366 million others receiving their booster shots.
Due to the onslaught of Typhoon Odette, the country’s average daily vaccination rate has decreased to 675,567 doses.
Despite a few setbacks on the vaccination program, Presidential Adviser on Covid-19 response Vivencio Dizon earlier said the government remains optimistic that the targeted 54 million fully vaccinated is still achievable with more deliveries of the single-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine.
“Those areas hit by the typhoon, of course, we cannot expect that they could still vaccinate because they are busy with relief and rehabilitation. But we will continue in areas that are not affected by ‘Odette’,” he said in Filipino in a previous interview.
Dizon said the government would further ramp up the administration of second doses and single-shot Janssen vaccines, particularly in areas that have not been affected by the typhoon.
All the second doses are our priority, and we are also prioritizing the Janssen vaccine because it is just one injection – in only one dose, our countrymen will be full vaccinated,” he said in Filipino.
The Philippines has so far received 198.823 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines, both procured and donated, since March.