The Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday said the country needed 8.3 million more individuals to get fully vaccinated to reach its target of having 77 million fully vaccinated by June 30.

In a “Laging Handa” briefing, Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said the DOH’s regional directors had been tasked to “do [their] best” to help the country reach the target.

As of May 16, 68.7 million Filipinos have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations, while more than 13.6 million have received booster shots.

More than 66 million Filipinos have yet to receive their second doses.

“Ngayon ay mayroon tayong 68.7 million fully vaccinated, so kulang pa iyan ng mga 8.3 million hanggang sa June 30. Mayroon tayong mga 4.5 million na due na ng second dose, so kailangan nang hanapin iyong mga kailangan nang mag-second dose,” Cabotaje said,

The DOH also plans to inoculate about four million individuals aged five to 11; one million aged 12 to 17; three million aged 18 to 58; and 1.8 million senior citizens.

The Philippine government is planning to vaccinate 100 percent of Filipinos by June, before President Rodrigo Duterte’s term ends. John Ezekiel J. Hirro