HOPEFUL for a “better and truly merry Christmas,” President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday night, October 11, 2021, again urged all Filipinos to get vaccinated against coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
He said getting inoculated is a citizen’s civic duty to protect others and help the nation achieve normalcy.
“Again, I would like to ask everyone to go out and get yourself vaccinated, regardless of the brand. This is not just for your own protection but also as is your... part of your civic duty to protect others and also allow us to turn the page to get everyone back on track to normalcy,” Duterte said in his weekly Talk to the People Monday midnight.
He noted that Covid-19 cases are already declining nationwide and the challenge now is to accelerate vaccinations and continue compliance to the minimum public health standards: wearing of face masks, physical distancing, sanitation and improving ventilation.
“If we continue to ramp up the vaccination of our people, along with our consistent practice of mask — huwag pa rin ninyong tanggalin — hugas at iwas, and may the gradual resumption of our economic activities, then we can hope for a better and truly merry Christmas,” he said.
The government has green-lighted the vaccination of all adults nationwide, although priority is still given to senior citizens at least 60 years old and immunocompromised individuals.
The government is also set to pilot the vaccination of minors 12 to 17 years old on Friday, October 15, in selected hospitals in Metro Manila.
The hospitals are National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, Philippine Children’s Medical Center in Quezon City, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Philippine General Hospital, Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig.
Duterte said he was confident that most, if not all, major cities in the country will hit the goal of vaccinating at least 50 percent of the target population before Christmas.
As of October 10, the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard showed that more than 23.18 million have been fully vaccinated in the country while a total of 49.67 million doses have been administered.
The fully vaccinated constitutes 30 percent of the target adult population 18 years old and over. First dose inoculations, meanwhile, surpassed 26.48 million.
In the National Capital Region (Metro Manila), epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic in the country, almost 7.58 million have been fully vaccinated. They comprise 77.53 percent of the estimated 10 million target population.
A total of 16.5 million doses have been administered in the capital, of which 8.9 million were given as first dose.
As of October 11, the Philippines has received 87,418,350 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
The latest arrival was a shipment containing 924,300 doses of the Pfizer mRNA vaccine that was donated by the US government through the Covax Facility.
It completed the US government’s commitment to donate around 1.8 million doses to the Philippines through Covax. (Marites Villamor-Ilano / SunStar Philippines)