MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 has assured anew that there will be no shortage of either vaccines or syringes to be used in the second round of the 3-day national vaccination days or the Bayanihan Bakunahan.
“Wala tayong problema sa vaccines. Wala rin tayong problema sa iba’t-ibang supplies gaya ng syringes. Kumpleto na, so ok tayo. Sobra-sobra ang supply natin,” said NTF deputy chief implementer Secretary Vince Dizon.
Dizon said the national government will focus on administering second doses during the 3-day event, as well as, using the new delivery of single-dose Janssen vaccines from the COVAX Facility so that more Filipinos will attain “fully-vaccinated” status.
The Department of Health is targeting to fully vaccinate seven million individuals during the 2nd Bayanihan Bakunahan.
However, the NTF is confident that the country can reach up to nine million vaccinees.
“So ngayon ang binigay na target ni Secretary Duque is 7 million for the 3 days pero kami ni Sec. Charlie tingin namin kaya yan between 7 and 9 million. […] ang tingin natin kaya nating ma-achieve yan hindi lang dun sa tatlong araw kundi sa buong linggo,” Dizon said.
Aside from this, the government will also conduct inoculation of children aged 12 to 17, as well as, administer booster shots to those who are already qualified during the 3-day event.
Meanwhile, vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., also said that aside from the 1.5 million doses of Janssen vaccines that are due to arrive Monday night, 52 million doses more of COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the country before December ends. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent JP Nuez)