Government mulls another 3-day vax drive in mid-December

02-Dec-2021 Intellasia | PhilStar | 5:02 AM Print This Post

The national government is considering another three-day national vaccination run from December 15-17, the Palace said Wednesday amid fears of the newly-discovered Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Speaking in an interview aired over ABS-CBN News Channel, acting presidential spokesperson Karlo Nograles said that this decision came after the vaccination numbers of the first day of the national drive in November fell short of the target of three million per day.

According to data from the Philippine National Police, some 3.6 million have been vaccinated in the national vaccination programme’s three-day drive so far in over five thousand vaccination centers across the country.

“We’re still finalising that, but the reason for all of this is to add the defense against Omicron and whatever variants there are. The numbers we saw in the [case] report earlier were very good…it’s going down, and we’re hoping this will continue so we can go to the new normal way of living,” he said in mixed Filipino and English.

Day one of the three-day campaign hit 2.55 million vaccinees out of the targeted three million. This, after the national government already downgraded its total target from 15 million to 9 million before the three days.

“Today we’re still waiting for the numbers, but we are quite optimistic that we will hit near the target,” Nograles said.

This comes after the Department of Health reported in its daily tally on Tuesday afternoon the lowest daily increase and lowest positivity rate among tests in 2021.

No cases of the Omicron variant, which has since been designated as a variant of concern, have been detected in the country yet, but health experts have said that it is just a matter of time.

“It means that it’s still working. There is a lot that we can push for the people who are encouraged to get vaccinated,” Nograles said. “The idea really is to continue to ramp up [vaccination.]”

The Cabinet Secretary also said that malls and establishments may decide on their own whether or not to require customers to wear face shields inside.

“It’s on the discretion of the establishment because sometimes the establishments might believe that it’s better protection for their customers, their clientele and their employees, so it’s really up to them,” he said.

To date, health authorities have recorded 2.8 million cases of the pathogen in the Philippines.


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