November 18, 2021

Vaccination is the best Christmas present for loved ones: NTF

The finest Christmas gift one can give their loved ones this holiday season is to get vaccinated against the coronavirus disease, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the primary implementer and vaccine czar for the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

“Having ourselves vaccinated is the best Christmas gift we can offer to ourselves, our families, our friends and coworkers, and everyone in the community.” “Get the Covid-19 vaccine today so that we can enjoy a better and safer Christmas,” he added in a statement.

The national government received almost 3.5 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine on Wednesday morning, bringing the country closer to its aim of safeguarding more Filipinos by the end of the month.

Vaccine supplies from several producers have been steadily arriving in the Philippines in recent weeks.

Galvez, Chinese Ambassador Huan Xilian, Chief of Presidential Protocol and Presidential Assistant on Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Robert E.A. Borje, and health authorities all personally hailed the vaccine’s arrival.

“With the arrival of these Coronavac jabs, we’re getting closer to our target of reaching a daily immunization rate of 1.5 million doses and achieving population protection by the end of the year,” he stated at the vaccine delivery. “The Filipino people will be eternally thankful to Sinovac and the Chinese government for making these life-saving vaccines available on a consistent and timely basis.”

The current shipment brings the total number of Sinovac vaccines delivered to the Philippines through the Asian Development Bank.

More than 54 million doses of the China-made vaccine have been sent to the Philippines, accounting for more than 40% of the country’s total vaccine supply.

Galvez stated in the same press release that he believes half of the target population will be fully vaccinated by the end of November.

The total number of vaccination doses delivered as of November 15 was 70,677,771. The number of Filipinos who are fully covered has risen to 31,868,120.

According to Galvez, the national government is on schedule to fully inoculate half of the Philippines’ total population, or 77 million people, by the end of the month, and deliver at least one shot to 54 million Filipinos.

The country’s vaccine supply inventory has now reached 128,444,400 doses, thanks to the latest Sinovac vaccine delivery.

“More than 16 million doses are still slated to come in November, which means we’ll have received 140 million pills since February by the end of the month.” These will be critical when we begin a more intensive immunization campaign across the country,” he said.

Galvez urged people to be vaccinated in favor of the impending large vaccination effort, named Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Vaccination Days, which will take place from November 29 to December 1.

“In our National Vaccination Days, everything is in place, and we’re working with all sectors to ensure a smooth transition.” That is why we are calling on everyone – lahat ng Pilipino na nasa lungsod, probinsya, o mga isla sa iba’t ibang panig ng ating bansa – to come to us and receive vaccines so that you and your loved ones will be protected,” he said. “Get the Covid-19 vaccine and save your family and community money.”

He added that all government assets, including military planes and other service vehicles, will be utilized to ensure the nationwide operation’s success.

These will be used to distribute 15 to 16 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to districts and provinces.

The three-day event, which is a collaboration between the national government, local governments, and the corporate sector, aims to boost and maintain the country’s pace in administering 1.5 million vaccination doses every day.

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