Gov’t eyes full vaccination of 54 million Filipinos by yearend

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THE government is eyeing to fully vaccinate 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year.

This was the report of Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III to President Rodrigo Duterte during the president’s “Talk to the People” session last night.

Duque also reported to the president that the country has already surpassed the target of administering the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines to 56 million Filipinos by the end of November.

The DOH chief said that the National Vaccination Operations Center reported that 56.7 million doses were already administered for the first dose, or about 73.5 percent of the target population of 77.139 million as of December 5.

About 38.1 million, Duque added, have already completed vaccination, or 49.48 percent.

These were the numbers recorded during the three-day Bayanihan Bakunahan, plus the two-day extension of the campaign.

Overall, the government was able to administer 91.77 million doses of anti-COVID-19 vaccines.

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