Wed, 17 Aug 2022

MANILA - The Philippines has so far recorded 5,000,353 doses of coronavirus vaccines administered since the start of the nationwide "Bayanihan, Bakunahan" vaccination drive on Monday.

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, also chairs the National Vaccine Operations Center (NVOC), is still hopeful that the government will reach its 9 million doses target during the three-day national vaccination drive.

"But just in case we will be unable to reach it, this record is already high of our accomplishments," she said during the Laging Handa briefing.

The partial NVOC count as of 6 a.m. Wednesday, showed that 2,708,200 doses were administered on Monday and 2,292,335 jabs on Tuesday.

"Our numbers showing that mas mababa ngayon (it is lower today) but this is not final numbers--this is 6 a.m. data. We will be expecting more numbers later," Cabotaje said.

Cabotaje said vaccination improvements have been documented in regions that have previously recorded low jabbing throughput such as the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), and Region 12 (Soccsksargen).

"Their daily average [administration rate] has increased by three or four times their usual daily accomplishments," she said.

Among areas that have hit more than 100 percent of their target population for vaccination are the Ilocos region (211.22 percent), National Capital Region (109 percent), and Cordillera Administrative Region (101.36 percent).

The Mimaropa (Region 4B), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), and Calabarzon (Region 4A) have hit at least 70 percent of their respective targets.

While Regions 5, 9, 3, 7, and 13 have reached 50 to 57 percent of their targets.

The rest of the regions are still behind their 50 percent target population.

The Bayanihan, Bakunahan vaccine output brought the country's total administered jabs to 86,421,420 doses as of Wednesday.

Of the total administered jabs, 49,742,227 jabs were given as first doses, 36,365,357 as second doses, and 313,836 doses were used as booster shots.

The country's average daily vaccination rate in the last seven days has also increased to 1,265,786 doses, compared to 967,436 doses in the previous week. (PNA)

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