More than three million Filipinos have been vaccinated against Covid-19 as of May 18, according to the National Vaccination Operations Center.

Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said on Wednesday 3,299,470 were inoculated, out of which 2,512,942 received their first dose.

Of those who received their first dose, 1,240,119 were health workers, while senior citizens numbered 714,312. Those with comorbidities numbered 548,844, Cabotaje said.

Of the 786,528 who received their second dose, 453,266 were health workers, 110,290 were senior citizens and 222,780 were people with comorbidities.

“Many are in a hurry, it’s good that they all wanted to be vaccinated, so since the volumes of our vaccines have arrived, we will do [the vaccination] simultaneously,” Cabotaje said during the Laging Handa briefing.

She said the vaccination task force would continue vaccinating those under the A1-A3 priority lists, then expand the coverage to the A4 and A5 priority lists.

The NCR+8 will be prioritized for vaccination, she said. This area is composed of Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Pampanga, Cebu and Davao.

“We are hitting 108,000 [a day], so we will reach the four million mark by the end of this month,” Cabotaje said. Jamie Louise Jimeno