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9.9 M doses administered on extended nat’l COVID-19 vaccination drive — DOH

Cebu City residents wait for their turn to get their COVID-19 vaccine at Barangay Tisa National High School during the government’s three-day national vaccination drive this week. (NESTLE SEMILLA)

MANILA, Philippines — The government has administered a total of 9.9 million COVID-19 vaccine doses during the national vaccination days, including the extended inoculation drive held some local government units, the Department of Health (DOH) said Saturday.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said a total of 8.01 million doses were administered on the first three days of the mass vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

Meanwhile, another 1.9 doses were administered on December 2 and 3.

“Itong ginawa nating national vaccination day was a huge success. We were targeting 9 million individuals to be vaccinated. As of yesterday ang tally natin ay 9.9 million ang nabakunahan mula Lunes hanggang Biyernes,” Vergeire said at the Laging Handa public briefing.

The Department of Health (DOH) clarified on Thursday that the increase in the percentage of severe and critical cases of COVID-19 in its daily reports is just a result of delayed validation on the status of these cases and of the lower number of active infections.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire  (Screengrab from livestream)

(The national vaccination day was a huge success. We were targeting 9 million individuals to be vaccinated. As of yesterday, our tally was 9.9 million individuals vaccinated from Monday to Friday.)

The Philippines aims to fully vaccinate 54 million Filipinos by yearend. So far, 37.35 million have been fully vaccinated, while 432,901 have received a booster dose.

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 (AFP)

The first round of the national vaccination days was set on November 29 to December 1. However, the national government said local government units can extend the mass vaccination drive until December 3.

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