THE health department on Saturday, December 4, 2021, said close to 10 million people were vaccinated against Covid-19 during the extended "Bayanihan, Bakunahan" national vaccination days from November 29 to December 3, 2021.

The Department of Health said as of Saturday, a total of 9,937,827 individuals were vaccinated during the extended vaccination drive.

Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the five-day "Bayanihan, Bakunahan" was a "huge success" as it was able to meet its quota of inoculating nine million people.

Vergeire said that in the first three days of the vaccination drive, a total of 8.01 million people were vaccinated, short of around one million of the initial target.

With the extension, around 1.9 million individuals were added to the number.

The campaign was originally set for November 29 to December 1, but a voluntary extension of vaccination days was allowed until December 3.

A second leg of the National Vaccination Days has been set from December 15 to 17.

According to the National Covid-19 Vaccination Dashboard as of December 3, the Philippines has already administered a total of 90,640,665 vaccine doses, 52,628,592 of which were for first doses, 37,568,088 were for second-dose and single-dose vaccines and 443,985 were for booster doses.

The health undersecretary also urged local government units to accept vaccinees even without prior registration.

"Kung saka-sakaling pupunta na ang ating mga mga kababayan sa vaccination sites sana po payagan na natin silang mabakunahan kahit hindi sila nakapag-register because we lose the opportunity if we still send them home," she said.

(If a person goes to one of our vaccination sites, please allow them to get vaccinated even if they have not registered because we lose the opportunity if we still send them home.)