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In December, 46 million vaccine doses will be delivered.

The Philippines will get more than 46 million doses of coronavirus vaccines until December, according to Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19.

Galvez believes that the expanding vaccine supply should be matched by a more aggressive immunization program and increased inoculation capability at the local level.

“We believe that this can only be accomplished through the concerted efforts of all sectors of society, and that is precisely what we are doing today throughout the country with the help of our private sector partners,” Galvez said during a vaccination activity at an Antipolo City mall as part of the three-day nationwide “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign.

So far, the country has received 142,153,340 doses of Covid-19 vaccine, both purchased and donated.

President Rodrigo Duterte watched the simultaneous giving of primary doses and booster vaccinations to health care workers (A1), seniors (A2), immunocompromised persons (A3), uniformed personnel (A4), and children aged 12 to 17.

Duterte congratulated national and local government organizations, as well as their commercial partners, for taking part in the large immunization campaign.

He also praised everyone involved in the purchase of Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Bayanihan, Bakunahan,” which ends on December 1, is “timely and another milestone” in the country’s pandemic response and mitigation efforts, according to Galvez.

“This is by far the largest immunization event we’ve had since the national vaccination program went live [in March] this year,” he said.

The government’s major goal, according to Galvez, is to vaccinate at least 9 million people every day in 17 regions, including the National Capital Region (NCR).

“We are extremely optimistic that we will have a better and safer Christmas this year, given the various milestones we have achieved in our immunization program,” he continued.

The Philippines delivered 547,628 doses of Covid-19 jabs on the first day of the statewide campaign, according to the latest data from the Department of Health (DOH) as of 4 p.m. on Monday.

Regions 1 (Ilocos), 2 (Cagayan Valley), 4B (Mimaropa), 4A (Calabarzon), and the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have the highest vaccination throughput so far, according to the Department of Health, however, no data was available at the time of publication.

By the end of 2021, the government wants to give full protection against Covid-19 to at least 54 million Filipinos, or around 80% of the total population in the 12-17 age bracket, as well as finish the distribution of booster doses for health care workers.

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