DOH: Over 81 million COVID-19 vaccine doses given so far

Published November 28, 2021, 2:40 PM

by Analou de Vera

(UNSPLASH / MANILA BULLETIN)

The Philippines has already administered more than 81 million vaccine shots against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) since the government’s vaccination program started last March.

Based on the National COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, a total of 81,017,994 vaccine doses have already been administered as of Nov. 27.

Of the figure, 35,557,409 Filipinos were already fully vaccinated, while 45,286,049 people have received their first doses. Also, 174,536 individuals got their booster shots, the data showed.

The DOH urged the public to get vaccinated immediately and join the three-day national vaccination program starting on Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

“So, inaanyayahan namin kayo na please magpabakuna na kasama ang mga pamilya at katrabaho ninyo (we invite you to please get vaccinated with your families and co-workers),” said DOH Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr. Beverly Ho.

Ho said that higher vaccination rates will help the Philippines to have a better Christmas for this year.

“Sa mga kababayan natin, gustung-gusto na po natin na magkaroon nang mas normal na Christmas these coming holidays, at iyon po ay magiging posible lang kung tayo—lahat ng kasamahan natin sa komunidad, mga kapitbahay, pamilya at mga katrabaho, lahat bakunado tayo (To our citizens, we really want to have quite a normal Christmas this coming holidays, and that will only be possible if we — all our individuals in the community, neighbors, family, and co-workers— are all vaccinated),” she said.

The DOH official reiterated that all vaccines are safe and effective. The administration of booster shots will also be provided during the three-day national vaccination drive.

“Doon naman po sa nakapagbakuna na, kailangan pa rin po natin iyong tulong ninyo para po makumbinsi iyong mga ibang kasamahan natin. And for those of you who are asking, yes, booster doses will also be provided for A1 (healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (select) immunocompromised (As for those who have been vaccinated, we still need your help to convince other people. And for those of you who are asking, yes, booster doses will also be provided for A1, A2, and A3 select immunocompromised),” said Ho.

“Libre lang po ito lahat and you’ll get quality vaccines so wala na po kayong dapat na hinihintay pa (It’s all free and you’ll get quality vaccines. So, you don’t have to wait, [get vaccinated]),” she added.

 
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