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In the second ‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ vaccination effort, 7.5 million Filipinos were inoculated.

From December 15 to December 23, the national government surpassed its aim for the second phase of its simultaneous immunization push against Covid-19, with close to 7.5 million Filipinos immunized against the virus, Malacanang stated Monday.

Despite the postponing of vaccination in areas devastated by Typhoon Odette, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, acting presidential spokesperson, claimed a total of 7,497,802 doses were provided during the second “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” campaign, exceeding the intended target of 7,326,613 jabs.

“We appreciate our kababayans’ cooperation and the measures they’ve taken to safeguard themselves, their families, and their communities. In a press statement, he said, “We also salute our medical front-liners, vaccinators, and volunteers for their sacrifice, dedication, and service to the country.”

Nograles cited official data to suggest that Region 4-A (Calabarzon) had the most cumulative jabs (1,244,191), followed by Region 3 (Central Luzon) with 919,822 and Region 6 (Western Visayas) with 658,805.

With 561,858 jabs administered, or 277.84 percent of its 202,224 goal jabs, Region 1 (Ilocos Region) had the greatest percentage of jabs administered compared to its “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” phase 2 target.

Region 2 (Cagayan Valley) came in second, earning 232.57 percent of its phase 2 objective, while Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) came in third, scoring 173.27 percent.

In the face of the highly transmissible Omicron strain of Covid-19, Nograles reiterated his request for people who have not been vaccinated to obtain their shots.

“On top of getting vaccinated, we must remain attentive and alert by adhering to the basic public health requirements,” he added.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the lead implementer of the National Task Force against Covid-19, stated that our vaccine supply is adequate to meet the government’s goal of fully vaccinating 77 million Filipinos by the first quarter of 2022.

Galvez went on to say that the government’s top objective remains to vaccinate the unvaccinated, which includes children.

Last Monday, Nograles ordered municipal governments in areas not impacted by “Odette” to increase their vaccination efforts, including inoculating residents on weekends.

“Until December 31, 2021, all local [vaccination operating centers] shall be provided with new targets to fulfill the aim of vaccinating 54 million and are exhorted to ramp up the administration of Covid-19 vaccinations, including weekends,” Nograles added.

Because of the Christmas holidays, vaccinations were temporarily delayed on December 24 and 25.

By the end of the year, the Philippines hopes to have fully vaccinated over 54 million Filipinos.

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