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MANILA, Dec 21 (Mabuhay) — Some 3.76 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the second run of the National Vaccination Days, the official leading the program said Tuesday.

A total 3,760,132 jabs were administered from Dec. 15 to 20, according to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, head of the National Vaccination Operation Center.

“Ang pinakamaraming nabakunahan ay second doses… 2.1 million ang ating second dose, at 1.1 million ang first dose, may mga 289,000 tayo na booster,” she said during a virtual public briefing.

The vaccination drive, initially set as a 3-day campaign, will be extended until next week following Typhoon Odette’s destruction, Cabotaje said.

The NVOC has lowered the inoculation target in areas pummeled by the typhoon and raised it in unaffected areas, she added.

“Babawian natin ‘yung hindi nagbabakuna doon sa mga areas na hindi nasalanta ng bagyo kagaya ng Region 3 (Central Luzon) at 4A (Calabarzon). Sana humataw pa sila, mas marami pa silang mabakunahan para ‘yung hindi magbabakuna ay ma-offset naman,” she said.

(We will make up for areas that can’t vaccinate in unaffected regions such as Region 3 and 4A. We hope they will intensify their efforts and inoculate more people.)

“We have some difficulty but we are still optimistic na ma-meet natin ang (that we will meet our target of) 54 million [fully vaccinated individuals] at the end of this year.”

The Philippines has so far fully vaccinated 43.5 million, while 56.3 million have received an initial dose as of Sunday. (MNS)

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