November 23, 2021

Duterte directs government agencies to support a three-day vaccination drive.

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed all government agencies and instrumentalities to fully support the nationwide simultaneous vaccination drive against Covid-19, which will take place from November 29 to December 1, according to Malacanang on Monday.

“The President has directed all government agencies and instrumentalities to provide all possible support to the “Bayanihan Bakunahan” program spearheaded by the Departments of Health and Interior and Local Government,” said Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles in a press statement.

The three-day vaccination drive aims to immunize 15 million Filipinos in 16 areas outside of Metro Manila.

Currently, 32.9 million Filipinos have received their Covid-19 vaccinations.

According to Nograles, who cited government data, increased vaccination rates have contributed to a decrease in active Covid-19 cases as well as a decrease in daily new Covid-19 cases.

He also urged those who have not yet been immunized against Covid-19 to take part in the simultaneous vaccination rollout.

“We encourage our unvaccinated kababayans to join the Bayanihan Bakunahan project so that they can provide themselves and their families with the protection and peace of mind that vaccines provide their recipients,” he said.

He thanked those who are organizing all of the personnel and resources that will be mobilized “to vaccinate our countrymen,” as well as front-liners working to ensure the success of the government initiative.

Previously, Nograles clarified that November 29 and December 1 are considered “special working days,” while only November 30 is a regular holiday to commemorate the birth anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19, stated that the national Covid-19 vaccination initiative will be “whole-of-society and whole-of-government.”

He stated that deliveries will be expedited with the assistance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Philippine National Police, the Office of Civil Defense, the Department of Transportation, and the private sector.

Medical organizations, nurses’ associations, and dental associations will also be enlisted to assist the government’s healthcare workers in administering the expected increase in vaccine recipients, who will include minors aged 12 to 17.

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