More than 441,000 booster doses given so far in 'PinasLakas' campaign vs COVID

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Posted at Aug 09 2022 05:33 PM | Updated as of Aug 09 2022 11:19 PM

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MANILA (UPDATE) – Over two weeks since the launch of the government’s ‘Pinas Lakas’ vaccination drive against COVID-19, the Department of Health as of Tuesday continues to fall short of its daily inoculation target.

The campaign hoped to administer booster shots to 397,000 individuals per day. But so far, it has only given nearly 442,000 in total.

“Nag-umpisa po tayo ng PinasLakas campaign natin last July 26, kung saan nailunsad po natin ito sa iba’t ibang lugar sa ating bansa. Sa ngayon po, ang atin pong accomplishments would be… para po doon sa mga nag-first booster shots, we were able to vaccinate 441,995,” DOH officer-in-charge Maria Rosario Vergeire told TeleRadyo. 

(We started the PinasLakas campaign on July 26 in different parts of the country. Our accomplishments would be... we were able to vaccinate 441,995.)

The government had earlier revised its COVID-19 booster shot target after failing to reach the initial daily goal.

Vergeire said they are now intensifying their information campaign to encourage more people to get their booster doses. 

The government hopes to administer 23 million shots by Oct. 8. 

Vergeire said the government will not adjust the targets it has set for the campaign.

While vaccination and giving out of vaccines has lagged behind in the first week of the campaign, she said it still too early to say if achieving the set targets are feasible or not. 

“There would be a lot of factors that can affect the continuing achievement of these targets throughout the day. Meron po tayong isinasagawa na mas intensive na mga hakbang para mas mapataas natin. Admittedly, for this past days, medyo mababa po talaga ang output natin,” Vergeire said. 

The health official explained that counting the number of jabs administered from July 6 or when the targets were calculated, to Aug. 7, over a million have already received their first booster dose. 

This is 5 percent of the 23 million cumulative target. 

For the same period, 15,886 senior citizens have also been vaccinated, or 1.48 percent of the over 1 million target senior citizens through Oct. 8. 

"To the target, if we are going to adjust it, so it becomes more achievable pagdating ng October 8, sa tingin ko hindi naman kailangan. Kung hindi natin ma-achieve at makita natin halimbawa dumating tayo ng October 8 at kulang—50 percent lang ang naabot natin, then that gives us more initiatives or more push para ipagpatuloy pa natin at gumawa pa ng ibang estratehiya para mas itaas pa natin ang pagbabakuna," Vergeire said.

The DOH continues to remind that public to have themselves and their children vaccinated especially now that face-to-face classes are set to commence later this month. 

Vergeire also said that vaccine supply is sufficient with those expiring set to be replaced by the COVAX facility.

- with a report from Rafael Bosano, ABS-CBN News