E. Visayas ranks 2nd on 1st day of nat'l vax drive

Published November 30, 2021, 2:36 PM

by Philippine News Agency

TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas ranks second nationwide during the first day of the National Vaccination Days after meeting 65.70 percent of its target on Monday, November 29.

The Department of Health on Tuesday reported a total of 147,502 individuals vaccinated with first and second doses during the Bayanihan Bakunahan.

“Today is the second day of the declared National Vaccination Days. This number is expected to increase as we continue our massive vaccination campaign in the region. No one should be left behind in Eastern Visayas,” the DOH regional office here said in a statement.

DOH Eastern Visayas regional director Exuperia Sabalberino said partner agencies have been working on mobilizing the vaccination drives such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Office of Civil Defense, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Information and Communications Technology, Police Regional Office, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Philippine Army.

“The challenge for us is to capture all the unvaccinated individuals in the region within three days. All government agencies have been working together beat COVID-19,” Sabalberino said in a press briefing late Monday.

The health department is eyeing to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 263,271 individuals daily during the nationwide vaccination drive in Eastern Visayas.

“This is an opportunity for the region to build back better, and for everyone to act together with the ambition and urgency in achieving herd immunity,” Sabalberino added.

The DOH assured there are enough vaccines for more residents, including minors.

Of the 263,271 daily target individuals for vaccination, 6,148 are in Biliran, 24,822 in Eastern Samar, 93,104 in Leyte, 44,966 in Northern Samar, 54,505 in Samar, 22,508 in Southern Leyte, 7,003 in Ormoc City, and 10,215 in Tacloban City.

As of Nov. 29, a total of 1.86 million in the region are now vaccinated with at least one dose.

The figure accounts for 55.4 percent of the 3.36 million target population for inoculation before the end of 2021.