More than 62.2 million Filipinos were fully vaccinated in the first year of the country’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, Malacañang announced on Tuesday.

In a virtual presser, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles credited the “commitment and dedication” of frontliners and government officials.

“Sa loob ng isang taon, marami na po ang nangyari. At the beginning, we faced numerous challenges as we worked to address logistics and supply issues and to quell unfounded and baseless fears about these life-saving vaccines,” he said.

“But with the commitment and dedication of our frontliners and public servants in
the national government and our local government units, we launched the country’s largest,
most extensive vaccination program in our nation’s history,” he added.

The Philippines received its first Covid-19 vaccine doses on Feb. 28, 2021.

Nograles said 68.8 million Filipinos had yet to receive their second anti-Covid-19 shots as of Feb. 28 this year.

“Nasa mahigit 10.2 million naman ang nakatanggap ng booster/additional doses,” he added.

Nograles also reported that more than 8.4 million Filipinos under pediatric age groups have completed their vaccinations.

Nograles reminded Filipinos to remain responsible and follow the government’s health protocols.

The Philippines has 51,592 active Covid-19 cases as of March 1. John Ezekiel J. Hirro