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64.8 million people have been fully vaccinated, with 11 million receiving booster doses against Covid-19.

MANILA, Philippines – As of Thursday, the Philippines had provided a total of 139,454,246 doses of Covid-19 vaccine across the country, with 64,838,213 Filipinos having finished their first doses and 11,291,687 receiving booster shots against the virus.

According to the most recent data from the National Task Force (NTF) Against Coronavirus-19, more than 10 million children aged 5 to 11 received their first coronavirus vaccine, with 381,433 children fully vaccinated, and more than 9.7 million children aged 12 to 17 received their two primary series.

Following the clearance of the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the use of Sinovac jabs on minors, the NTF anticipates the number to rise in the coming days.

According to the NTF, the Sinovac can be given to children aged 6 to 17 years old pending the release of final recommendations from the Department of Health and the Health Technology Assessment Council.

Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the NTF’s chief and vaccine czar, has stated that the Covid-19 booster doses are still needed “to develop an additional layer of protection against the virus” for fully vaccinated people.

“We must strongly push our government employees and front-line economic workers to obtain their booster shots. Second, mag-provide dapat tayo ng (we should provide) feasible incentives for boosters,” Galvez said late Wednesday in a news release.

As the country moves toward full economic recovery, Galvez continued, the government also encourages the administration of booster shots.

He went on to say that some business sectors have urged that booster shots be required for travel and entry into companies.

The National Vaccination Operations Center previously stated that the low coverage of booster shots is attributable to public vaccine complacency, with many people believing that the two basic doses are sufficient protection against the deadly virus.

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