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Almost 68 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, with another 13 million receiving booster doses.

MANILA, Philippines — According to the latest data from the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19, the Philippines has provided 146,869,397 doses of coronavirus vaccinations nationally, with 67,911,464 million Filipinos fully vaccinated.

Since the official rollout on April 25, 4,779,495 people have received their second primary doses, while 7,430 have received their second booster shots, according to data provided during President Rodrigo Duterte’s prerecorded “Talk to the People” on Tuesday morning.

According to NTF chief implementer Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., vaccination coverage has decreased dramatically since December of last year, with only 13,231,643 people receiving initial booster injections.

He highlighted that 94 percent of those properly vaccinated are between the ages of 18 and 59, with 80 percent being seniors.

“We’re urging individuals who haven’t gotten their immunizations and boosters to get them,” he said. “We want the upcoming election on Monday to be not only honest and orderly but also free of Covid-19.”

Galvez emphasized the importance of increasing vaccination demand in the face of low Covid-19 incidences.

“Despite a slowdown of vaccine output but already high vaccination coverage, 8 of 17 regions are presently on Alert Level 1 and 42 of 81 provinces are on Level 1,” he said.

Davao del Norte, Bohol, Antique, Negros Occidental, Western Samar, Benguet, Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Cebu, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato, Masbate, Ifugao, Davao Occidental, Sarangani, Palawan, Negros Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Tawi-Tawi, Basilan, Maguindanao

Galvez also praised the private sector’s role in the country’s Covid-19 pandemic response, thanking them for assisting the government in expanding testing capacity from a single polymerase chain reaction test laboratory to 334 currently operational laboratories nationwide, with 155 of them manned by government personnel.

Testing capacity has increased from 1,000 per day to 76,000 per day.

“We believe the national government will not be able to do it on its own,” he said.

At the height of the pandemic, the government cooperated with the private sector to procure and donate personal protection equipment for healthcare professionals.

Such strong collaborations, according to Galvez, led in the creation of isolation facilities, the mobilization of private hospitals and medical clinics for Covid-19 treatment, a major immunization program, and insurance packages.

“We were able to garner 83 percent approval for the government and President Duterte’s Covid-19 response rating in an OCTA Research survey because of the weekly forum and meeting, which provided us with a broader perspective on the global and regional context of Covid response and vaccination,” Galvez said.

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