The government is eyeing another three-day national vaccination run in mid-December amid fears of the newly-discovered Covid-19 Omicron variant, Malacañang disclosed on Wednesday.
Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) may push through with the initiative on 15 to 17 December.
“We’re considering another round of vaccination days on 15, 16, and 17 December,” Nograles said in an interview with ANC.
“The reason for all of this is again to add to the defense against Omicron and whatever variants there are,” he added.
The government held its first massive three-day inoculation drive from 29 November to 1 December in an effort to boost its immunization efforts by administering three million vaccine doses daily.
State records, however, showed that the country missed its daily target in the first two days of the vaccination drive.
Nograles, along with presidential adviser for Covid-19 response Secretary Vince Dizon, admitted that the country only administered 2.7 million jabs on 29 November.
On the other hand, 2.2 individuals have been vaccinated on 30 November, based on data from the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard.
Despite falling short of its three million target vaccinations, Nograles expressed optimism that numbers would increase in the coming days.
“A lot of people want to get vaccinated. There are still a lot of people we could encourage to get vaccinated,” he said.
Dizon, in a separate interview with CNN Philippines, attributed the missed target to challenges on logistics and information campaigns.
Some local government units also reportedly failed to accommodate their citizens who did not pre-register online.
CALABARZON topped the regions in terms of reported inoculations, with 733,947 vaccinated individuals in the past two days. Central Luzon ranked second with 540,543 vaccinations, followed by Central Visayas with 407,53.
“We will look at the challenges faced by each region because each region has different issues at hand,” Dizon said.
“For example, Region III and IV-A are the top two performing regions. They don’t have the same problems as Regions VI and VII, where you have island provinces and island municipalities,” he added.
As of Tuesday, over 36.3 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while 49.74 million individuals are still waiting for their second doses.
Authorities are aiming to fully vaccinate a total of 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year to attain population protection against coronavirus.