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LGUs have been urged to offer immunization clinics on weekends.

Malacanang ordered local government units (LGUs) in areas not hit by Typhoon Odette to increase immunization efforts, including on weekends, on Wednesday.

This came after acting Presidential Spokesperson Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles stated that despite the postponing of vaccination in typhoon-affected areas, the national government intends to reach its objective of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year.

“All local (vaccination operation centers) shall be given new targets to accomplish the aim of vaccinating 54 million people and are exhorted to speed up the administration of Covid-19 vaccinations until December 31, 2021, including weekends,” Nograles stated in a Palace press briefing.

He explained that LGU vaccination targets were changed in response to what was happening on the ground following the typhoon.

“Ibig sabihin (this translates to “we are mindful, aware, and sensitive to the reality on the ground,” especially for those affected by Typhoon Odette. And we know that local government units affected by Typhoon Odette will continue to be very busy with all of their repair, rehab, and recovery operations for their residents,” Nograles stated. “Those who are not seriously impacted by Typhoon Odette or who are not masyado o gaano apektado doon sa pananalasa nitong (not severely affected by) Typhoon Odette, we will urge on them to increase their immunization efforts.”

After prioritizing repair efforts, he said, typhoon-affected LGUs might resume vaccinations.

“Of course, the priority for those affected by Typhoon Odette will be their rehabilitation and recovery, but if they’re ready within a year, and makita naman po natin na makayanan din po natin na bigyan ng konting (if we see that we could give them a little) push for the vaccination efforts doon (there), we will do the same,” he said.

Through the second phase of their simultaneous immunization push against Covid-19, “Bayanihan, Bakunahan,” the Philippines hopes to fully vaccinate more than 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year.

As of Tuesday, 58.71 percent of the target population, or more over 45 million Filipinos, had received all of their vaccinations.

The first “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” took place from November 29 to December 1, with some localities having it extended until December 3.

The second phase of the immunization campaign began on December 15, however the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign in typhoon-affected districts has yet to begin.

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