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‘Jab’ well done — DILG, Isko

Based on data from the National Vaccination Operations Center, around 2.6 million Filipinos were vaccinated in one day.

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The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) lauded Filipinos from all walks of life for participating in the recently concluded national vaccination drive.

“I think we should give ourselves, the entire Philippines, a pat on the back because our performance has been good in terms of vaccination,” DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in his interview on Daily Tribune’s morning news program Gising Na!

Malaya said the national vaccination days made the Philippines a global record holder for being the fifth country with the most number of individuals vaccinated in one day.

“Based on the data from the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), around 2.6 million people were vaccinated in one day,” he said.

He added that the figure is also two and a half higher than the country’s regular daily vaccination rate, averaging one million jabs per day.

“We are still waiting for the total number of administered doses on the three-day vaccination program, but for me, it was a tremendous success,” he added.

Data from the National Vaccination Dashboard showed that as of 4 p.m., the country has vaccinated a total of 7,628,432 individuals during the three-day vaccination drive.

Malaya called the three-day nationwide simultaneous drive a success despite some challenges encountered in the provinces. “Surigao City for example has 21 island barangays. Imagine how they brought the Covid-19 vaccines to those 21 barangays,” he said.

 

AL 1 ‘doubtful’
Malaya said he is doubtful whether the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) would place the National Capital Region to a more relaxed alert level status.

“Well, there is a chance that they might place it on Alert Level 1, but I wouldn’t bet on it. Why? Because of the Omicron variant,” he said.

He noted that the country cannot afford to be complacent as many countries around the world are imposing stricter border controls and protocols due to the threat of the Omicron variant.

“In Alert Level 2, establishments are allowed to operate [at] 50 percent of their capacity, with a 20 percent increase if they have a safety seal and vaccination coverage in their area is high,” he said.

“In Alert Level 1, we do not have operational capacity limitations. So, is placing the NCR under Alert Level 1 the right thing to do with the Omicron variant spreading all over the world?” he added.
Earlier this week, the IATF retained Metro Manila under Alert Level 2 from 1 to 15 December.

 

Thankful

The vaccination campaign which may be extended by local government units as needed and subject to the availability of vaccine doses was also hailed by Manila Mayor and presidential candidate Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.

In an interview with reporters in Mabalacat, Pampanga, Domagoso said the vaccination drive proved effective especially in the provinces where many people have remained unvaccinated due to previous supply and logistical problems.

“For this victory by our country, we are thankful for the new policy of President Duterte, wherein he urged local governments to prod their constituents to get vaccinated,” Domagoso said in Filipino.

He expressed the belief that if the intensified vaccination policy would continue, the majority of Filipinos will be inoculated against Covid-19 by the end of the year, achieving herd immunity.

“Just imagine if we are doing this every single day, by the time the end of the year, we may have everybody vaccinated,” Domagoso said, vowing to support the President’s campaign to beat Covid-19.

with Pat C. Santos

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