The National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) reported that a total of 37,964 minors with comorbidities aged 12 to 17 have already received their vaccines against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). 

“Nagsimula na ‘yung ating rollout ng comorbidities sa 12 to 17 years old sa iba’t ibang panig ng ating bansa noong October 29,” NVOC chairperson Myrna Cabotaje Cabotaje said at the Laging Handa briefing.

Cabotaje said around 59.3 million doses have been administered nationwide as of October 31. Among the said number, 31.9 million of them have already received their first dose while the remaining 27.3 are fully vaccinated. 

He added that 1.6 million or 99.75% of health workers have also been jabbed by at least one dose while 1.5 million are fully vaccinated. 

Moreover, Cabotaje is also encouraging more senior citizens to receive Covid-19 vaccines as well. Currently, 5.1 million or 62.30% of senior citizens have already been jabbed by at least one dose while 4.7 million or 57.65% are fully vaccinated. 

She added that the national government is finding it hard to fulfill the 70% vaccination target because of people being hesitant about vaccines. 

“Ang naging problema natin nung umpisa, alam niyo naman, kulang ‘yung bakuna. Ngayon naman po ay sagana tayo sa bakuna, ‘yung pag-e-enganyo naman sa medyo may hesitancy,” she said.

“But with the opening of the rest of the adult population… sana mapag-ibayo din ng ating pagbabakuna ng 12 sa magiging 12 and above na,” she added.

The country posted an average daily jab rate of 500,00 for the past week, Cabotaje said.

“We need to work double time, kailangan all hands on deck para ma meet ‘yung 1 million. Nasa 500,000 ibig sabihin mag double efforts tayo,” she said. Ronald Espartinez