Carlito Galvez (MNS Photo)

MANILA, Oct 5 (Mabuhay) –Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez said Monday at least 50% of Filipinos will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December.

Galvez made the announcement ahead of the expected COVID-19 vaccination for minors or those aged 12 to 17 years old by October 15.

“Realistically, based on our computation, the most achievable [COVID-19 vaccination coverage] is at 50% [by yearend],” he said.

“Regional offices are meeting to expand the local government units’ vaccination capacity,” he added.

Galvez’s deputy chief implementer at the National Task Force, Vince Dizon, said priority areas for COVID-19 vaccination has shifted to big cities in Regions 3, 4A, 7, 6, 11, 10, and 9.

Based on government records, at least 24.5 million Filipinos have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. Of this number, 21 million are fully vaccinated.

The Philippine population is at least 109 million as of July 2021.

Meanwhile, 75.54% of the target population in the National Capital Region has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The government initially targeted fully vaccinating 70% of 110 million Filipinos by yearend to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 but this has since been changed to to 80% to 90% by the May 9, 2022 elections.

Around 12.7 million minors are expected to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Galvez said that those aged 15 to 17 with comorbidities will be prioritized in pilot COVID-19 vaccination for minors to be done in Philippine Children’s Medical Center, National Children’s Hospital, Philippine Heart Center, Pasig City Children’s Hospital, Fe Del Mundo Medical Center, and Philippine General Hospital.(MNS)

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