By Charmaine Delos Santos

PHOTO: Panay News

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced on Thursday that they are planning to reach the target of vaccinating 15 million people on November 29 - December 1, 2021 by proposing the 3-day national vaccination program as non-working days. On the other hand, the people who will be vaccinated will be considered as heroes since November 30 is Bonifacio day. 

At a press briefing, Roque said that our whole government will be there at the 3-day national vaccination program including the Local Government Units (LGUs), Sandatahang Lakas, Pambansang Kapulisan, Medical Community, and Religious Organizations. 

“The activity will have at least 33,000 teams of vaccinators involving around 170,000 health workers,” Dr. Kezia Rosario of the National Vaccination Operation Center said.

“Noong November 10 ay dumating naman po ang 3 milyong doses ng Sinovac vaccine na binili po ng ating pamahalaan. Dumating din po 793,900 AstraZeneca vaccine doses na donasyon ng bansang Alemanya sa Pilipinas through COVAX,” Roque declared. 

“Marami na po tayong supply, wala na pong dahilan para magsabi na wala pong bakuna o kulang ang bakuna kaya hindi nagpapabakuna. Anuman ang brand, ligtas at epektibo lahat ng ibinigay nating bakuna dahil lahat po iyan ay pumasa hindi lamang po sa ating FDA pati na rin po sa World Health Organization,” Roque said.

Meanwhile, Dr. Rosario stated that we must increase the level of vaccination since there are plenty of vaccines here in the Philippines. That's why in order to achieve the said proposal we must cooperate in their goal “Bayanihan, Bakunahan.”

“We’re confident that we could administer these vaccines before they expire. We have more or less 22 days to exhaust all our means to use these on the people who need it,” Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed.