7.2M now fully vaccinated in PH; 18.7M doses administered

Published July 29, 2021, 3:46 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

More than 7.2 million people have become fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease amid the government’s accelerated vaccination drive in the fight against the pandemic.

A Manila health worker prepares to administer a single-shot Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen coronavirus vaccine during the inoculative drive at the Justo Lucban Elementary School in Manila on July 21, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque reported that 18,709,017 million doses have so far been administered with 11.4 million getting the first shots while 7,277,312 with their second dose, since the inoculative drive started last March.

The daily vaccination rate reached 534,612 on July 28, exceeding the government’s target of half a million, according to Roque.

“Binabati ko ang lahat mula sa lokal na pamahalaan na nagpapatupad ng maayos, konbiniyente at ligtas na bakunahan sa kanilang mga lugar, sa mga mamamayan sa kanilang kooperasyon at sa ating mga medical frontliners na nagsisilbing vaccinators (I want to greet everyone from local government units implementing orderly, convenient and safe vaccination in their areas, the people for their cooperation, and our medical frontliners serving as vaccinators),” he said during a televised press briefing Thursday, July 29.

“Basta tuloy-tuloy ang supply ng bakuna, makakamit natin ang population protection target na 50 to 70 percent ng populasyon bago matapos ang taon (As long as there is continuous vaccine supply, we can attain population target of 50 to 70 percent of the population before the end of the year),” he said.

The country’s vaccine supply has so far reached more than 31 million doses, including jabs from Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Johnson & Johnson. Additional supplies are expected to be delivered in the coming days.

The government aims to inoculate 50 to 70 million people across the country to reach herd immunity before the end of the year or early next year.