‘Bayanihan, Bakunahan’ 2 concludes in select regions

Published December 17, 2021, 5:30 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The second round of the “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” National Vaccination Days concluded in six regions on Friday, Dec. 17.

Vaccination of higher education personnel (Photo from CHED)

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed optimism that the massive three-day campaign will hit its target of seven million vaccinations in the National Capital Region (NCR), Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos (Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), Central Luzon (Region 3), and Calabarzon (Region 4A).

Unlike the first round, the Bayanihan, Bakunahan 2 was “more orderly” now, according to the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC).

The NVOC said they have not received any report of vaccinees that were sent home without getting the shot, or incidents of overcrowding – which were the scenarios observed during the Nov. 29 to Dec. 1 vaccinations.

However, the turnout of vaccinations in the recent inoculation drive was not as encouraging compared to the first round.

During the first round of vaccinations two weeks ago, a total of 10 million individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19.

Now, the NVOC said a total of 953,624 individuals were vaccinated on the first day of the nationwide campaign while there were 877,747 individuals inoculated on the second day.

This brought the vaccine throughput to 1,831,371 in two days. The data for the third day is yet to be consolidated as of writing.

The bad weather caused by typhoon “Odette” was seen as part of the reasons why the vaccine turnout was low.

But Galvez said the seven million target remains attainable since 11 regions that temporarily suspended their Bayanihan, Bakunahan 2 due to Odette will resume the campaign on Dec. 20 to 22.

These regions are Mimaropa (Region 4B), Bicol (Region 5), Western Visayas (Region 6), Central Visayas (Region 7), Eastern Visayas (Region 8), Zambaonga Peninsula (Region 9), Northern Mindanao (Region 10), Davao (Region 11), Soccsksargen (Region 12), Caraga (Region 13), and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

In geographically-isolated and far-flung areas, Galvez said the government will deploy the single-dose Janssen’s Johnson & Johnson vaccine so the recipients will no longer return for their second dose.

He said this will help the government achieve its goal of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by year-end.

As of Thursday, a total of 43.03 million individuals have already been fully vaccinated; 55.96 million have received their first dose; and 1.01 million have been given booster shots.