The Philippines administered record-high 680,883 doses of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines on Tuesday, Aug. 3, National Task Force (NTF) Deputy Chief Implementer Vince Dizon announced Wednesday, Aug. 4.
Dizon said the country has already administered 21.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine as of Aug. 3, five months since the government kicked off its inoculation campaign.
Over 9.8 million individuals have so far been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of the same date.
“This is really a tremendous accomplishment for all of us — national government, local government, and private sector,” Dizon said during the virtual Town Hall NCR Lockdown on Wednesday.
“The rise has really been so high since we started in June. In June was really the month our supply has significantly increased because of the efforts of our President and Secretary [Carlito] Galvez,” he added.
Dizon said including the economic essential workers in the country’s vaccination program was the “game-changer in moving the needle in the Philippines’ vaccination efforts.”
He also lauded the private sector and local government units (LGUs) for helping in speeding up the country’s inoculation program.
“This is because of all our efforts, I cannot overemphasize this, the efforts of our LGUs, especially those in the NCR Plus who have been really carrying the load for most of the country in the month of June,” Dizon continued.
“I just want to thank all our mayors, all our LGUs not just in NCR, but throughout the country for really carrying the load and vaccinating as many of our countrymen as fast as we can and to the private sector for making this happen.”
Dizon said they are targeting to vaccinate 15 million persons for the month of August.
Vaccination will also be ramped up in NCR, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Cebu, and Davao.