Thu. May 26th, 2022

The government eyes to administer at least five million doses of Covid-19 jabs during the third run of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” massive vaccination drive on February 10 and 11.


Of the 59.419 million fully vaccinated Filipinos, including those with the single-shot Janssen vaccine, a total of 7.705 million already have booster shots as of February 2.

National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) co-lead and medical specialist, Dr. Kezia Rosario, said areas with low inoculation rates, especially among senior citizens and those with comorbidities, will be prioritized but all jab sites nationwide must operate.

“We will also add more vaccination sites, especially in eco-zones areas, industrial parks, inside universities, and schools so that we can find those who are due for booster doses,” she said in Filipino on Saturday at the Laging Handa public briefing.

The national government, in partnership with local government units and the private sector, has also implemented various measures to ramp up booster vaccination.

The “Resbakuna sa Botika at Klinika” program, participated in by private clinics and pharmacies, has so far administered 2,242 booster doses.

The vaccination for children aged 5 to 11 will be initially implemented in six Metro Manila sites on Monday, using reformulated Pfizer jabs.

“We want to tell the parents that we are sure about the formulation of the vaccines and they have a 91-percent efficacy,” vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said in Filipino in a previous statement.

He also cited reports from the United States that there are “very minimal” side effects.

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