The Philippines hit a daily record-high of 2.55 million Covid-19 jabs on the first day of the government’s three-day National Vaccination Days, the National Task Force against Covid-19 (NTF) said Tuesday.
Based on the data from the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), the country recorded a total of 2,554,023 doses administered on Monday.
The output was short by less than 500,000 from the daily target three million jabs, however, it is more than double the usual daily national vaccination throughput of the Philippines in previous days, which on several occasions, have gone beyond the one million mark.
Vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr. said this development proves that local government units (LGU) have the capacity to accelerate and expand the coverage of their target populations.
“The major uptick in our country’s vaccination rate is a testament to our bayanihan spirit, which is a collaborative effort between the national line agencies, LGU, private sector organizations and of course, our citizens,” Galvez said.
“We continue to prove that if all work together, we will be able to fully vaccinate our population as efficiently and quickly as possible,” he added.
Among all the regions, Region IV-A or CALABARZON registered the highest number of Covid-19 jabs administered with 366,711 doses.
This was followed by Central Luzon with 297,316 doses, Western Visayas with 192,216 doses, Central Visayas with 186,834 doses, and the Bicol Region with 165,259 doses.
Metro Manila also performed very well, by administering 139,812 doses on Monday.
Galvez assured the public that the national government is determined to further increase the vaccination rates of LGU nationwide on the remaining days of the three-day drive in order to achieve its target of administering nine million jabs within the period.
He called on LGU to vaccinate everyone who lines up in vaccination sites during the National Vaccination Days, including the walk-ins.
According to the vaccine czar, there have been some reports on Monday that some residents who lined up without pre-registering were turned away in some vaccination sites.
“This should not be the case. The directive of the President is to vaccinate everyone who wants to be vaccinated. No one should be left behind,” he said.
“All of those who lined up in the vaccination sites, even though they were not pre-registered should be administered by the LGU. No one should go home without receiving jabs,” he added.
As of 29 November, a total of 83,851,042 doses have been administered nationwide. Of this number, 47,529,968 were given as first doses, while 36,078,815 Filipinos are now fully vaccinated.