OVER 2.4 million doses of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine were administered during the first day of the national vaccination drive in the Philippines, National Task Force (NTF) chief implementer Carlito Galvez said on Tuesday, November 30, 2021.

Galvez said 2,048,681 doses were administered as first dose and 354,705 as second dose.

He said 50,771 people also got their booster shots.

He said the figures were based on the report of the vaccination operation system as of 5 a.m.

The National Government aims to vaccinate three million people each day during the three-day national vaccination drive from November 29 to December 1.

Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año said in a television interview they are satisfied with the turnout of the program.

“We are satisfied doon sa performance natin kahapon because nakita natin ang daming dumagsa, marami talagang nagpabakuna. May mga lugar talaga na na-ooverwhelm, but in general naman, maganda talaga ang turnout," he said.

(We are satisfied with the performance yesterday because we saw a number of vaccinees. There were some areas that were overwhelmed, but the turnout was good in general.)

“At umikot tayo, tiningnan natin yung mga vaccination sites, specifically I went sa area ng Calabarzon, at maganda talaga yung resulta at nakita naman natin walang anumang nangyaring tinatawag nating spreader event. Na-kontrol ng ating LGUs (local government units) at kapulisan at iba pang ahensya ‘yung mga lugar na kung saan tayo nabakuna,” he added.

(I went to vaccination sites, specifically in Calabarzon, and the result there was really great. There were no spreader events. The LGUs, police and other agencies were able to control the crowding in our vaccination sites.)

As of November 27, 35,557,409 individuals have been fully vaccinated, while 45,286,049 people have received their first dose.

The National Government eyes to fully vaccinate 54 million individuals by the end of the year and of at least 77 million individuals by the first quarter of 2022, as well as to start the inoculation of children 11 year old and below.

The second leg of the three-day vaccination event will be held from December 15 to 17. (SunStar Philippines)