Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Wednesday commended the administration for the successful rollout of its nationwide vaccination program after it inoculated over 75 percent of the eligible population in Metro Manila.
“I commend the government for their hard work to vaccinate Filipinos and for us to achieve population protection towards herd immunity. Because of their diligence, over 75 percent of our population in NCR (National Capital Region) have been fully-vaccinated against Covid-19,” Go said in a press statement.
“NCR is the center of our economy. It is also the epicenter of the outbreak that’s why it is important to speed up the vaccination here to protect the lives and welfare of Filipinos,” he added.
As of 11 October, the Philippines has administered 50,066,590 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. A total of 26,706,101 individuals have been fully vaccinated while 23,360,489 have received their single dose. The national daily jabs stand at 393,099 as of 11 October.
To further boost the inoculation program, the government hopes to have fully vaccinated at least 85 peercent of the eligible population in the NCR while expanding the rollout in the critical areas of Metro Cebu, Metro Davao, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga and Rizal.
It has also opened the vaccination for the general population and is set to begin the inoculation of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old.
Go had repeatedly stressed the importance of vaccination in the country’s return to normalcy. He said that apart from hastening the distribution of coronavirus jabs, the government is also pushing for economic recovery to create more jobs and eradicate hunger.
“Apart from the vaccines, we are also working hard to bring the economy back on its feet. We are also pushing to create more jobs and make sure that no one will be hungry,” he said.
After a continuous surge in coronavirus cases due to the entrance of the Delta variant strain in the country, the Department of Health (DoH) has reported a decline in the Covid-cases in the NCR.
The agency said it is expecting cases to be further reduced to around 1,100 per day by mid-November and if it continues to decline, then the government may loosen restrictions for the Christmas Season.
As of 13 October, the number of coronavirus infections in the country rose to 2,690, 455 after the DoH reported additional 7, 181. The death toll rose to 40, 069 while the number of recoveries stood at 2,567,975.