The national government has approved the voluntary extension of national vaccination for two more days after local officials observed more people flocking to inoculation sites in various parts of the country.
From the original end of the national vaccination day on Wednesday, Dec. 1, the National Task Force Against COVID-19, said the free inoculation is extended until Friday, Dec 3. The national vaccination days started on Nov. 29.
Secretary Vince Dizon, deputy chief implementer of the NTF Against COVID-19, explained that the decision stemmed from the requests of various local government units (LGUs) for more vaccines and more time to inoculate their constituents.
“The National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) has received requests from several Local Government Units (LGUs) requesting for extension of the National COVID-19 Days as large number of vaccine recipients are still flocking in vaccination sites,” said Dizon.
In an advisory issued on Wednesday, Dec. 1, entitled Voluntary Extension of the National Vaccination Days by Local Government Units, Dizon said LGUs should take advantage of the willingness of more people to be protected against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
This came after government officials have started to air concerns over the refusal of some Filipinos to be vaccinated. This led to the discussion on making the COVID vaccination mandatory.
“To sustain the momentum of the operations of the NVD and to take advantage of the interest of constituents towards vaccination, the LGUs are allowed to extend the operations of the Bayanihan, Bakunahan National COVID-19 Vaccination Days until December 3, 2021,” the advisory read.
The advisory also instructs regional vaccination operation centers to facilitate augmentation of resources and provision of technical support, and ensure allocation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
More than five million Filipinos were vaccinated in the first two days of the three-day national vaccination drive.