National ‘bakuna’ day reels off, targets 9 million Filipinos


THE first leg of the three-day National Vaccination campaign against Covid-19 kicked off on Monday, aiming to inoculate at least 9 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside Metro Manila.

A total of 11,000 vaccination sites and 160,000 volunteers were activated and mobilized for the nationwide undertaking on November 29 to December 1.

In Marikina City, a total of 30,000 individuals are targeted to be inoculated during the three-day National Covid-19 Vaccination drive.

Mayor Marcelino Teodoro and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, together with officials from the Department of Health, Department of Interior and Local Government, and the city government, joined the kick off of the nationwide vaccination rollout at Marikina Sports Complex.

Marikina was chosen by DOH for the ceremonial kick-off due to its orderly Covid-19 inoculation.

The 3-day vaccination seeks to increase vaccine coverage and mobilize stakeholders from every sector to support the government’s goal of giving Filipinos a safe and healthy Christmas.

Marikina received 30,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from the national government, Teodoro said.

The second leg of the vaccination event will be held from December 15 to 17, to focus on ramping up the number of fully vaccinated individuals to achieve the government’s target of fully vaccinating at least 54 million Filipinos by yearend.

Earlier, the DOH said that walk-ins are allowed especially for senior citizens and persons with comorbidities for the “Bayanihan Bakunahan: Ligtas. Lakas. Buong Pinas” campaign.

Vaccine recipients of primary dose series, the DOH said, should bring any valid Identification Card (ID), medical certificate for immunocompromised, individuals with comorbidities, pregnant in their first trimester and children with comorbidities, and additional documents for the rest of pediatric population.

The DOH encouraged the public to participate  in the 3-day vaccination and reminded them to register with their respective local government units (LGUs).

On the other hand, vaccine recipients requiring booster/additional doses must bring their original vaccination card showing completion of the primary series of vaccine, valid ID Card, and medical certificate for immunocompromised individuals.

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