71.84% of PH’s target population had 1st dose of COVID-19 vaccine; 36.8 M fully vaccinated

Residents troop to a vaccination site set up at Robinsons Mall Ilocos in Laoag City during the first day of the national COVID-19 vaccination drive. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PHILIPPINE INFORMATION AGENCY ILOCOS NORTE)

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 55,415,753 individuals or  71.84 percent of the Philippines’ target population have already been vaccinated with at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of December 1, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 reported.

Of the over 55 million individuals who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, 36,869,419 are now fully vaccinated, said NTF.

“More than 55.4 million na ngayon ang may at least one dose. Ibig sabihin nito, talagang maaabot natin ang target na 54 million fully vaccinated individuals bago matapos ang taon, lalo’t patuloy pa rin ang malawakan nating pagbabakuna,” NTF chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez, Jr. said on Thursday.

Metro Manila recorded the highest vaccination coverage, having administered at least one dose to 112.16 percent of its target population.

Six other regions have administered at least one dose to more than 70 percent of the target populations—Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Northern Mindanao.

Vaccination drive tally

The NTF likewise reported a total of 7,628,432 doses administered throughout the country during the three-day National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1.

NTF said that of this number, 2,713,731 doses were administered on November 29, 2,466,728 on November 30, and 2,447,973 on December 1.

The NTF also said the Philippines clinched the fourth spot in the global rankings of nations with the highest daily jab rate after the country administered 2,713,731 vaccine doses on November 29.

“But if you’re going to look at this in terms of population, number one tayo kasi 110 million lang tayo [compared to] India and China na nasa one billion ang population. Kaya I hope we are able to sustain the momentum,” Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday.

The NTF announced Thursday that local government units can extend the national COVID-19 vaccination drive until Friday, December 3.

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