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2.5M for the second national vax drive Covid-19 vaccinations are given.

During the second “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” drive, which ran from Dec. 15 to 18, the government distributed roughly 2.5 million doses of Covid-19 vaccination, according to a Department of Health (DOH) official.

DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said in a televised Laging Handa public briefing that the vaccines administered do not include 639 local government units (LGUs) in Mimaropa, Regions 6 (Western Visayas), 7 (Central Visayas), 8 (Eastern Visayas), and Caraga where inoculation activities were canceled due to Typhoon Odette.

“Ituluy-tuloy pa rin iyong bakunahan sa NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, ituluy-tuloy pa rin iyong bakunahan sa NCR, CAR, Regions 1, 2, 3, 4-A, ituluy-tuloy pa rin iyong bakunahan sa NCR, CAR In addition, uumpisahan na po iyong sa mga naudlot sa Region 5, Mimaropa, Regions 6, 7, 8, and Caraga (Vaccination efforts will continue in the National Capital Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Regions 1, 2, 3, and 4A). Then, in Region 5, Mimaropa, Region 6, 7, 8, and Caraga, the postponed inoculation activities will resume),” Cabotaje stated.

Because their individual LGUs are still focused on rescue and relief activities for “Odette” victims, she stated, other areas have indicated that they will begin their Covid-19 immunization on December 27 and 28.

The Department of Health still needs to vaccinate 4.5 million more Filipinos during the second leg of the nationwide vaccination drive from Dec. 20 to 22 to meet the 7 million target.

Concerned agencies, according to Cabotaje, have agreed to step up the vaccination campaign, particularly the administration of the second dose.

“Kasi kung maalala natin, iyong NVD1 [National Vaccination Drive 1] natin ay almost 21 to 28 days ago, ngayon na due iyong second doses nila,” she explained.

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