The Philippines is eyeing to fully vaccinate at least seven million individuals in the second round of the three-day nationwide simultaneous vaccination drive against Covid-19, the Department of Health (DoH) said Tuesday.
“We are aiming to vaccinate seven million Filipinos to achieve the goal of fully inoculating 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said at a “Laging Handa” briefing.
Duque explained the government had initially focused on giving the first dose to at least 54 million individuals hence, the second round of the national vaccination drive set on 15 to 17 December will now focus on administering second doses.
“Actually, the vaccination rate is still high but it slightly decreased if you compare it to the 2.7 million jabs on the first day of the three-day vaccination drive,” he said.
As of 7 December, data from the National Vaccination Operations Center showed that a total of 53,492,838 individuals have already received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines, close to the 54 million target set by the government.
However, there are only 38,699,023 fully vaccinated individuals in the country, still far from the supposed target.
The government conducted the first round of the vaccination drive from 29 November to 1 December but it was extended until 3 December to achieve the target. The drive vaccinated 9.9 million Filipinos.