Philippines records highest daily jab rate at 1.23 million, plans to expand vaccine coverage

On November 11, the Philippines had its highest daily vaccination throughput, with 1,239,981 COVID-19 doses administered nationwide.

PASIG CITY — The Philippines achieved its highest daily vaccination throughput to date, administering a total of 1,239,981 COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide on November 11.

“We are very pleased to see that the hard work, determination, and concerted effort from all sectors of society has paid dividends and is bringing us closer to our goal of achieving 1.5 million daily jab rate,” National Task Force against COVID 19 Chief Implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito G. Galvez Jr. said on Friday.

According to the most recent data from the National Vaccination Operations Center, a total of 1,239, 981 vaccinations were administered on November 11. 698, 500 for the initial dose and 541, 481 for the subsequent dose.

“The upward trajectory of our daily jab rate, along with the downtrend in the number of COVID-19 cases are solid proof that we are on the right track to a sustainable recovery,” he added.

Galvez stated that at least one million doses were administered in the country for two consecutive days, totaling 1,052,600 doses on November 10.

According to NVOC data, 37, 036, 577 doses have been administered as the first dose, and 31,020,380 Filipinos have now received their full vaccination as of November 11.

“We are now building up the country’s momentum in inoculating millions of individuals in a single day. We will ensure that we will sustain this effort, as we continue to increase the capacities of our LGUs, address the lack of manpower in vaccination sites, and generate greater vaccine demand from our people,” Galvez said.

The vaccine czar is optimistic that the country's expanding vaccine inventory will be complemented by a more aggressive vaccine rollout by local government units in their respective jurisdictions.

“Everyone is now on the same page. This is because we share the same goal — our local chief executives, our business sector, and our healthcare workers — to have a merry Christmas and prosperous 2022,” he said.

“This is why we believe that the level of support coming from all levels of government as well as from the private sector should not waver and continue to intensify as we scale up our vaccination drive,” Galvez added.

The vaccine czar added that booster shots for healthcare workers and the third dose for immunocompromised individuals will also contribute to the vaccine rollout's acceleration this quarter.

Galvez stated that he expects the Philippine Food and Drug Administration to issue an amended Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the COVID-19 vaccines in the near future, as the World Health Organization's Strategic Advisory Group of Experts is also nearing completion of its recommendation for booster shots and third doses.

“We are anticipating all these regulatory requirements to be released soon as the Department of Health is already finalizing the policy guidelines for the booster shots and third dose,” he said.

Over five million individuals are expected to be eligible for COVID-19 booster shots and third doses. (Task Force National Against COVID-19/PRESS RELEASE)
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