OVER 80 million doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines have been administered in the country since March, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr. said on Saturday, November 27, 2021.

Galvez said as of November 26, 35,391,519 individuals have been fully vaccinated, or 45.88 percent of the country’s target population, while 45,056,508 people have received the first dose.

“These milestones are a testament that the government has made significant headway in its fight against the virus. We are determined to end this pandemic and bring back a greater sense of normalcy to the lives of our countrymen,” he said in a statement.

“As we move closer to hitting our target of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year, I appeal to our local government units to continue ramping up their vaccination throughput,” he added.

Galvez, who is also the country’s vaccine czar, said that as of November 27, the country received a total of 141,606,240 Covid-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Galvez said all is set for the conduct of the three-day national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

From the initial target of inoculating 15 million individuals during the said program, it was lowered to nine million people.

“We are confident that our Bayanihan, Bakunahan will be successful in capacitating our LGUs (local government units) so that they can bring up their vaccination output before the holiday season,” Galvez said.

“As what we always say, getting the Covid-19 jab is the best gift for ourselves and our loved ones this Christmas. Let us all be heroes and get vaccinated against the virus,” he added.

The second leg of the National Vaccination Days is eyed on December 15 to 17.

Galvez said this aims to increase the number of fully vaccinated individuals in time for the Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. (SunStar Philippines)