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To meet the year-end goal, PH needs to inoculate 12 million people: DOH

According to a health official, the government still needs to fully vaccinate 12 million people against the coronavirus illness 2019 (Covid-19) by the end of the year to meet its inoculation drive’s year-end goal.

“Our goal is to reach 54 million people who are fully vaccinated. We’ve vaccinated 42 million people so far, but we still need to vaccinate another 12 million people “During a televised public meeting, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said.

On Wednesday, the second round of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” immunization push began and will end on Friday.

Due to Typhoon Odette, the government postponed the vaccination push in the Visayas, Mindanao, Mimaropa, and Bicol Regions from December 20 to 22.

“Primary immunization is still critical because it is the first battleground and our first line of defense,” Cabotaje said.

She went on to say that the government plans to vaccinate seven million people in the second wave of national vaccinations.

Meanwhile, the government is aiming to deliver as many booster shots as possible in the National Capital Region.

Booster shots can be given six months after the second dose of the primary series of Covid-19 vaccinations and three months after the single-dose Janssen vaccine, according to the guidelines.

Cabotaje assured the public that the government will meet its goal of vaccinating seven million people.

“We have sufficient immunizations and will have sufficient vaccines for our booster doses. Be certain that all of our vaccines are safe, efficacious, and regulated by the Food and Drug Administration for shelf life “she stated

By March 2022, the government hopes to have fully vaccinated 77 million people.

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