MANILA, Philippines – Close to 7.5 million Filipinos were inoculated against COVID-19 during the second leg of the national vaccination drive held from December 15 to 23, Malacañang said Monday.
Acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that as of December 26, a total of 7,497,802 doses were administered during the second iteration of the vaccination drive.
The figure has exceeded the government’s initial target of 7,326,613 jabs for the second phase of the simultaneous vaccination drive.
“We thank our kababayans for their cooperation and for the steps they have taken to protect themselves, their families, and their communities,” said Nograles, who is also co-chair of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).
“We likewise commend our medical frontliners, vaccinators, and volunteers for their sacrifice, dedication and service to the country,” he added.
For the second vaccination drive, Region 4-A recorded the highest number of cumulative jabs with 1,244,191, followed by Region 3 with 919,822, and Region 6 with 658,805 administered jabs.
Meanwhile, Region 1 recorded the highest percentage of jabs administered compared to its target, with 561,858 jabs or 277.84 percent of its 202,224 target jabs to be administered.
Region 2 followed with 232.57 percent of their target, while Region 10 accomplished 173.27 percent of its vaccination target.
Nograles renewed his call to still unvaccinated against COVID-19 to get their shots amid the threat of Omicron variant.
“We must continue to be vigilant and alert by observing the minimum public health standards on top of getting vaccinated,” he said.
Meanwhile, National Task Force Against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. assured there are enough vaccine supplies to achieve the government’s target to fully vaccinate 77 million Filipinos by the first quarter of 2022.
Galvez added that the government’s priority is still to vaccinate the unvaccinated, including the pediatric population.