MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government is aiming to administer seven million COVID-19 vaccine jabs for the second round of nationwide vaccination drive, Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday.
The second mass immunization campaign is scheduled from December 15 to 17.
“Ang tina-target natin dito, mga 7 million para second dose, para maabot yung ating pinupuntiryang 54 million by the end of the year na bigyan ng kumpletong bakuna,” Duque said in a televised public briefing.
This target is lower than the first vaccination drive conducted last November 29 to December 1 and later extended until December 3.
The government had hoped to inoculate 9 million people during the first three-day immunization campaign. More than 10 million were vaccinated in the extended drive.
The vaccination drive was launched in a bid to scale up the country’s vaccination rate to achieve population protection against COVID-19.
So far, more than 38 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated out of the 91.7 million doses administered since the immunization was rolled out in March.
The number of individuals who have received their first dose rose to 56.7 million.
The government is aiming to fully vaccinate at least 54 million by the end of the year.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier expressed hope that the second vaccination drive will also be successful.
“We will have a second round of Bayanihan Bakunahan from December 15 to 17. I hope that we would have the same success. But this time lesser because parang naubos na natin ang Pilipino sa ‘yung what counts sa bakuna kaya medyo there’s a slowdown of the COVID-19,” he said.
He also expressed optimism that the Philippines will be able to overcome the pandemic amid increasing vaccination rate in the country.