PH misses target of vaccinating 9 million individuals during 3-day national COVID-19 vax campaign

Published December 2, 2021, 5:03 PM

by Analou de Vera

Coronavirus vaccines have been prepared for distribution at a vaccination site in Manila on May 18, 2021. (Ali Vicoy/Manila Bulletin)

The government missed its goal of vaccinating nine million people during the three-day national COVID-19 vaccination drive last Nov. 29 to Dec. 1.

A total of 7,628,432 people were vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during the program, said DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje on Thursday.

Of the said figure, 2,713,731 million people were vaccinated last Nov. 29; 2,466,728 million vaccines were given on Nov. 30; and 2,447,973 million shots were administered on Dec.1.

Satisfied with the result

Despite not meeting their target, Cabotaje said they were “happy” with the results of the three-day campaign.

“Hindi pa ho kumpleto iyong ating mga reports, may updating that is happening (The reports are not yet complete. We are still getting updates),” said Cabotaje.

“But we are very happy with the initial report because this is more than two times the daily vaccination rate,” she added.

The DOH said that the vaccination output last Nov. 29 was among the “top five highest single-day jabs worldwide.”

“Bayanihan Bakunahan output of 2.7 million last November 29 puts the PHL on the top 4th spot among countries with the highest number of jabs in a single day,” the DOH posted on its official Facebook page.


Meanwhile, some local government units (LGUs) expressed their intent to voluntarily extend the mass vaccination activities until Dec. 3.

“There is now a voluntary extension of vaccination days so that we can sustain the enthusiasm of the people to get vaccinated,” said Cabotaje.

The health official said that the vaccination output beyond the original date of the campaign will not be included in their tally.

“We will just get the final figures for the three days. As for the extension, it will just be treated as bonus,” said Cabotaje.