September 30, 2023

The government has administered around 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine during the second “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive from Dec. 15 to 18, a Department of Health said.

Usec. Myrna Cabotaje said the administered vaccines do not include 639 local government units in Mimaropa, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga where inoculation activities were cancelled due to Typhoon Odette.

The vaccination activities will continue in National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, regions 1, 2, 3, 4A. Then, the postponed inoculation activities in Region 5, Mimaropa, Region 6, 7, 8 and Caraga will be started again,” Cabotaje said.

She said other areas have signified to start with their Covid-19 vaccination on Dec. 27 to 28 because their respective LGUs are still focused on rescue and relief operations for “Odette” victims.

To achieve the target of seven million vaccinated individuals, the DOH still needs to inoculate 4.5 million more Filipinos from Dec. 20 to 22 as part of the second leg of the national vaccination drive.

Cabotaje said concerned agencies have agreed to strengthen the vaccination drive, especially the administration of the second doses.

“The National Vaddination Drive is almost 21 to 28 days ago, their second doses are now due,” she said.  – PNA