THE National Government launched on Thursday, January 20, 2022, the pilot implementation of vaccination in pharmacies and clinics.

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said that for now, only booster shots will be administered in pharmacy and clinic vaccination sites.

"Sa una lang, at least yung mababakunahan ng botika, meron nang patunay na okay na yun kanilang first and second dose," he said during the symbolic launching of the “Resbakuna sa mga Botika” in a drug store in Malate, Manila.

Duque said getting vaccinated in pharmacies and clinics is more convenient for the public.

The program was piloted in the following pharmacies and clinics in Metro Manila:

* Healthway Manila Clinic

* Mercury Drug Malate, Pres. Quirino Ave.

* South Star SSD Marikina

* Watsons, SM Supercenter Pasig

* Generika Drugstore Signal 1 in Taguig

* The Generics Pharmacy, Parañqaque

* Qualimed Clinic, McKinley Road in Makati

After a week of pilot implementation, the program will also be launched in various pharmacies and clinics nationwide.

The Department of Health (DOH) said pharmacies and clinics will be allotted 100,000 vaccine doses per day.

As of January 11, a total of 213,655,520 Covid-19 vaccine doses have arrived in the country, of which 121,493,405 were administered as of January 19.

A total of 56,444,406 people completed their vaccination, while 59,435,874 received their first dose and 5,613,125 individuals got their booster doses.

The National Government is optimistic that it will achieve its goal of fully vaccinating 77 million individuals in the first quarter of 2022. (SunStar Philippines)