The government aims to fully vaccinate 77 million Filipinos by the end of the first quarter of 2022 and 90 million by the end of second quarter.
Covid-19 infections are on the rise outside of Metro Manila, according to the Department of Health. Secretary of Health Francisco Duque III said on Monday that the Omicron variant has been detected in more than 90% of genome-sequenced samples in the country. This is a 30% increase over the 60% announced last week.
“Umaapela po ako sa gobyerno na mas pabilisin pa lalo ang pagbabakuna at kung maaari ay dalhin mismo sa bahay ang bakuna ng mga willing maturukan pero hindi kayang pumunta sa vaccination sites,” announced Senator Christopher Bong Go, chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, “Hinihimok ko rin ang ating mga kababayan na magpabakuna na sa lalong madaling panahon, especially in view the upsurge of the Omicron variant.”
Duque also stated that Omicron had already eclipsed Delta as the most common Covid-19 variant in the country.
Earlier, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles announced simplified vaccination procedures that will help ensure qualified Filipinos receive the vaccine as quickly and as efficiently as possible.
The procedures include allowing walk-in admissions and dropping of the medical clearance requirement. House-to-house inoculations will also be conducted for those who are unable to travel to a vaccination site due to health or mobility issues.
As of January 20, 56.8 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated, according to DOH. About 59.6 million individuals have obtained their first dose while 5.8 million have received their booster shot. The government has administered a total of 122.3 million Covid-19 doses since rollouts began. Meanwhile, the country has received a total of 215,519,520 vaccines.
To accomplish its target, the government seeks to find and vaccinate the remaining three million senior citizens and concentrate on regions and areas with more unvaccinated individuals. It also aims to maximize the use of the single-dose Janssen vaccines.
To help accelerate the vaccine program, Senator Go has likewise issued several appeals to the public and private sectors to come up with incentives to encourage those who remain hesitant to get their shots.