By: Glen S. Ramos/Benjamin Cuaresma
CALABARZON (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) again obtained the highest number of vaccinated individuals during the second day of the 3-day national vaccination days being conducted by the national government with a total of 360,444 jabs administered for day 2, as of 4AM today.
CALABARZON was followed by Central Visayas (Region VII) with 197,442, Western Visayas (Region VI) – 174,782 and Bicol Region (Region V) – 158,579.
The total jabs administered during day 1 was 384,452 plus 360,444 for day 2 for a total of 744,896 or 63.9% accomplishment for the 1 million jabs target for the national vaccination days (NVD).
The province with the highest number of administered Covid vaccine for day 1 and 2 is Laguna with 175,784 doses followed by Cavite with 173,683 doses, Batangas – 168,389, Rizal – 116,578, Quezon – 95,079 and Lucena City with 15,383 doses.
The National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) and the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) has recently lowered the target of 15 million doses to be administered during the 3-day “Bayanihan Bakunahan” to 9 million jabs due to the global shortage in syringes specifically intended for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines including the delay in the scheduled shipment of the procured supplies made through the Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund).
The NTF and NVOC are now expecting to administer Covid shots to at least 3 million people as its new target.
For CALABARZON, the new target set is at 1 million doses for the 3-day NVD.
Regional Director Ariel I. Valancia has already addressed issues regarding booster shots for the A3 priority groups. “We have already accommodated senior citizens and immunocompromised individual prioritized their jabs especially when they are already at the vaccination sites.”
“Lahat ng gustong magpabakuna at eligible ay babakunahan at walang maiiwan. We appreciate the commitment of our partners in the government and private sector, who are working hard to achieve our goal for the 3-days activity,” he emphasized.