Over 1.1M Pinoys receive 2nd booster shot vs. Covid-19

By Ma. Teresa Montemayor

July 20 2022, 5:37 pm

<p><em>(PNA file photo by Avito Dalan)</em></p>

(PNA file photo by Avito Dalan)

MANILA – More than 1.1 million healthcare workers, senior citizens, immunocompromised and persons with comorbidities have received their second booster of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine.

Department of Health (DOH) officer-in-charge Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said Wednesday about 71.4 million Filipinos are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 as of July 19. Of the tally, more than 9.6 million are adolescents and 3.9 million are children.

About 15.7 million have received their first booster shot.

"Sa darating po na July 26, kasama po ang ating Pangulong Marcos, atin pong opisyal na ilulunsad ang PinasLakas katuwang ang ating LGUs [local government units] at ibang stakeholders (On July 26, together with our President Marcos, we will officially launch PinasLakas with the help of our LGUs and other stakeholders)," Vergeire said in a media briefing.

She noted the DOH aims to vaccinate 90 percent of the target elderly population and to boost 50 percent of the target population during the first 100 days of the Marcos administration.

She added the DOH will make vaccines more accessible and available in markets, places of worship, malls, transport terminals, offices, factories, plazas or schools.

As for the senior citizens who are unable to drop by the vaccination sites, the DOH will conduct home visits for their vaccination and booster shots.

To date, the country and all its regions remain under the low risk classification for Covid-19 despite the continued increase in Covid-19 cases.

Vergeire noted the National Capital Region showed the steepest increase with 900 new cases per day.

Meantime, a continued slow trend of case increase is observed in Mindanao. (PNA)