The Philippines has surpassed the 100-million mark on the number of vaccines administered as of Friday, Dec. 17.
The exact total, 100,013,599, was composed of 55.9 million first doses and around 1 million booster shots. Some 43 million had also successfully been fully jabbed out of the nation’s target of 77.1 million target.
Health undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said: “That means, we will push another 11 million hanggang sa matadors ang taon na ito.”
However, in “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” (held last Dec. 15 to 17), the government’s bid to inoculate 7 million people, only nearly 1.8 million people were vaccinated.
Meanwhile, nationwide vaccinations were hampered by the arrival of Typhoon Odette, which has affected the Visayas Mindanao areas. Eleven regions had no choice but to suspend their vaccination drives.
The Department of Health has yet to learn the extent of damage to vaccines, while local government units are tasked to prepare generator sets and contingency plans.
The storm, which has fell power and communication lines, destroyed homes and displaced hundreds of thousands, has also claimed the life of one and injured two. At the same time, the country has also detected its first two cases of the latest Omicron Covid19 variant.
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