Covid-19 vaccine doses are completed by 29.8 million Filipinos.
As of Tuesday, 64,947,366 doses of coronavirus vaccine had been administered in the Philippines, with 29,809,085 Filipinos fully protected against severe infection.
The country’s average daily vaccination rate increased to 781,958 doses in the last seven days, up from 459,876 doses the week before.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force Against Covid, welcomed the arrival of 793,900 AstraZeneca doses donated by the German government on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the country’s total received vaccines to 114,245,400 doses.
Galvez emphasized the importance of addressing vaccine apprehension among senior citizens in an interview at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.
“We need to focus our vaccination efforts on the elderly. We currently have 59 percent of the elderly covered. We’ll try to reach 70 percent this month of November “he stated
Meanwhile, Galvez is optimistic that the National Capital Region (NCR) will be able to vaccinate 100% of its eligible population by the end of the year.
“Imagine if the first dose was 98 percent effective, then dumagadag pa ‘yung 1.2 million bata na babakunahan nila, so nakikita ko ang NCR, ‘yung honest to goodness [opinion] natin is makakaya niya,” he said.
By the end of this year, the government hopes to have fully vaccinated at least 50 million and as many as 70 million Filipinos, ensuring population protection against Covid-19.