5.5M Filipinos now fully vaccinated – COVID-19 task force

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About 5,560,029 Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while 10,866,238 doses have been given as the first dose, according to the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19.

The task force said the country achieved another milestone in its national vaccination program on Thursday, July 22, with the administration of 472,356 anti-COVID jabs nationwide, the highest the country has registered so far.

“We are now past the crawl and walk stages, as we gradually run towards our goal of inoculating half a million Filipinos per day this quarter. This is a preview of better things to come in the remaining six months of 2021,” said NTF against COVID 19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr.

“Despite the inclement weather, our implementing units have remained resilient and are committed to inoculating more Filipinos. We are grateful to all frontliners in the government and the private sector who continue to serve the public despite the many challenges we continue to face,” Galvez added.

The NTF earlier announced that with the continuous arrival of vaccine supplies, including the donated one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the government will focus on protecting the most vulnerable sectors, particularly senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3).

In its latest report, the task force said the country’s vaccine throughput for the A2 and A3 priority groups continue to go up.

Out of the 16.4 million total jabs administered since the vaccine program started, 2.8 million were given as the first dose to senior citizens, while 1.4 million doses were given to them as the second shot.

Meanwhile, 3.5 million doses were administered to the A3 group as the first dose, while 1.8 million of the sector’s members are now fully vaccinated.

“Nakatutuwang makita na pataas nang pataas ang tiwala at kumpyansa ng ating mga mamamayan, lalung-lalo na ang ating mga senior citizens at may mga sakit at kapansanan sa mga bakuna laban COVID 19,” said NTF Deputy Chief Implementer and testing czar Secretary Vivencio Dizon.

“The upward trajectory of our daily vaccination output in all priority sectors says so many things in the ongoing program — our vaccine supply inventory is expanding and the vaccine confidence of the Filipino people is increasing. We want to keep this trend as we aim for 750,000 daily jabs in the next quarter,” Dizon added.