Calabarzon tops regions with highest number of vaccinees in nat’l vaccination days

Maris Federez   •   December 3, 2021   •   238


Region 4-A or the provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon (Calabarzon) topped the regions with the highest number of individuals who received their jabs in the 3-day national vaccination days or the Bayanihan Bakunahan.

The region surpassed its target number of vaccinees of 1,020,000, having been able to vaccinate 1,125,699 individuals in the 3-day event.

“Number 1 po ang Calabarzon at nakuha po namin ang objective namin na ang Calabarzon ay isa sa Priority Areas natin dahil kayo po ang pinakamalaki ang populasyon sa buong bansa,” said NTF against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr.

Local authorities on Friday resumed vaccination in some areas in the region.

Meanwhile, Laguna LGU will conduct another intensive vaccination rollout on December 13 to give those who missed the prior schedules another opportunity to receive protection through the vaccines. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent MC Tagumpay)

IATF recommends postponing 3-day vaccination days in areas to be hit by TC Odette

Maris Federez   •   December 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) chairman, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III recommended to President Rodrigo Duterte the postponement of the second round of the three-day vaccination days in areas that are expected to be hit by Tropical Cyclone Odette.

Duque made the announcement in his report during the President’s weekly Talk to the Nation aired Monday night (December 13).

Duque said that to prevent risk among the public when the storm enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday, the IATF decided to re-schedule the vaccination days, particularly in Southern Luzon down to the Mindanao region.

The IATF will reset the date from December 15-17 to December 20-22.

Duque, however, clarified that the three-day Bayanihan Bakunahan in Northern and Central Luzon and in the National Capital Region will push through with its original schedule.

This recommendation still awaits President Duterte’s approval. —/mbmf

NTF assures enough supply of vaccines, syringes for round 2 of Bayanihan Bakunahan

Maris Federez   •   December 13, 2021


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)

No Moderna vaccine deliveries were turned down — NTF

Maris Federez   •   December 13, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 on Sunday said the Philippine government has not rejected Moderna vaccines that were offered to the country.

“In fact, the Philippines received 3,000,060 Moderna vaccines from the US through the COVAX facility last August 3, 2021,” the NTF statement said.

No other Moderna vaccine offer has been received by the Vaccine Cluster.

“For the record, we have not rejected any Moderna vaccines that were offered to the Philippine government,” said NTF chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr.

Galvez underscored that these vaccines are essential in achieving the government’s goal of providing additional protection to Filipinos against the highly virulent virus and that the whole government and the entire nation should work together towards saving more lives and defeating the pandemic.

With this, the NTF chief urged the public to participate in the second round of the Bayanihan Bakunahan slated on December 15 to 17.

“I also enjoin everyone to participate in the National Vaccination Days on December 15-17 by volunteering, promoting, or getting vaccinated during the event. Let us live out the Bayanihan spirit upang masigurado nating ligtas ang lahat at maipakita ang lakas ng buong Pilipinas,” said Galvez. —/mbmf


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