By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go praised the
government’s COVID-19 pandemic response, noting that the country’s
vaccine supply has now reached more than 100 million doses since the
first shipment of vaccines arrived in February this year.
“Welcome development na umabot na sa higit 100 million doses ng
COVID-19 vaccines ang meron tayo sa bansa. Resulta po ito ng mga
pagsisikap ng ating gobyerno upang mabakunahan ang lahat ng mga
Pilipino at maprotektahan tayo laban sa COVID-19,” Go said.
“Sa kabila nito, hinihikayat ko ang lahat ng mga Pilipino na
magpabakuna na lalo na’t bukas na ang programa sa general population.
Nasa datos na kapag bakunado ka, mas maiiwasan ang severe na kaso ng
COVID-19,” he added.
As of October 30, the country has received a total of 104,113,480
vaccines. A total of 59,134,236 vaccines have been administered.
Filipinos who have received their first dose now tally at 31,862,067
while 27,272,169 have been fully vaccinated.
“Bumababa na ngayon ang bilang ng mga kaso sa Maynila pero ‘huwag pa
rin tayo maging kumpiyansa. Siguraduhin natin na makarating ang bakuna
sa mga pinaka nangangailangan upang walang maiwan sa ating muling
pagbangon,” Go stressed.
The country is expecting to receive around 50 million more doses
before the year ends. This includes 10 million COVID-19 shots from the
“Kapag mabakunahan na ang lahat ng eligible at maabot na natin ang
herd immunity, tuluyan na ring bababa ang mga kaso ng nagkakasakit at
mas mabilis tayong makakabalik sa normal na pamumuhay,” Go explained.
“Habang pinoproteksyunan natin ang buhay ng mga Pilipino, sinisikap
rin nating lutasin ang hirap at gutom na dulot ng pandemya. Kapag
protektado ang komunidad gamit ang bakuna, mas makapagtatrabaho na rin
ang mga tao at sisigla ang kabuhayan ng lahat,” he added.
Meanwhile, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. indicated that in the
fourth quarter of 2021, the country’s vaccination approach will be
re-calibrated to emphasize vaccinating the unvaccinated target
populations. This will entail expanding student and child
vaccinations, vigorous house-to-house vaccinations, and local
government units reaching 70% first-dose coverage by the end of
Other areas of focus will include expediting vaccination in key cities
and economic hubs, delivering third doses to healthcare workers and
other vulnerable groups, and immunizing up to 90% of students,
teachers, and teaching professionals by the end of the same month.
Go previously stated that the government should continue to rapidly
deploy vaccinations outside of Metro Manila and complete vaccination
of the target population, especially the elderly and those with
Following the announcement that the Department of Health has approved
supplying booster injections for priority groups, Go also urged the
government to finalize plans for the proper execution of booster
“Importanteng paghandaan na natin ito. Baka kailanganin natin ng
booster lalo na dahil sa mga naglalabasang variants. Dapat din natin
masiguro na may sapat na pondo dahil tuluy-tuloy ang pagbabakuna natin
hanggang sa susunod na taon,” Go warned during the deliberation of the
2022 budget of the Department of Health last October 13.
Meanwhile, to secure a safe Christmas and national elections, the
government aims to vaccinate at least 50 million of the priority
population before Christmas, 70% of the population in the National
Capital Region Plus 10 areas, and at least 70% of the total population
before the election period.
“I urge my fellow government workers, especially our local chief
executives, to ensure the continuous deployment of the vaccines. Let
us take it upon ourselves to bring the vaccine rollout closer to those
who may have trouble getting them, such as the elderly and persons
with disabilities who cannot leave their homes, and the people who
live in rural and hard-to-reach areas,” appealed Go.
“The vaccine is the key to us eventually returning to normalcy,
achieving herd immunity in the community, and overcoming this pandemic
at the soonest possible time. So let us continue to work together and
cooperate with the government so we can fully heal and recover as one
nation,” he ended. (ai/mtvn)