MANILA – The increasing number of coronavirus cases and the emergence of more contagious variants led to a slight slowdown in the country's vaccination program as local government units (LGUs) had to attend to other concerns.
Despite the multitasking efforts, National Task Force Against Covid-19 (NTF) chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said vaccination efforts remained impressive, citing the National Capital Region (NCR) which has a daily average of 230,000 jabs for a total of 6,354,901 or 66 percent first dose of the population target of nine million.
Galvez said as the government was forced to impose stringent quarantine control and lockdowns to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and coronavirus variants, delays were noted with LGUs splitting their focus on vaccination and distribution of assistance.
"So simultaneous po ‘yun pandemic response, vaccination at pagbibigay po ng ayuda at saka po sa mga tinatawag nating mga stringent border control (So there's a simultaneous pandemic response such as vaccination and giving assistance as well as implementing stringent border control)," Galvez said during the meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte in Matina, Davao City on Monday.
So far, 7,326,831 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered this month.
Fifteen more million doses are on the table before the month ends as delivery of vaccines continues.
The Philippines has so far received 42,575,350 doses, with 27,806,881 administered nationwide.
Galvez assured regions will be supplied more doses so they can catch up with Metro Manila. (PNA)