The Philippines will have a three-day national vaccination drive from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Tuesday.

The vaccination will coincide with the country’s commemoration of Bonifacio Day, a national non-working holiday.

“Ang gustong sabihin dito [ng] gobyerno na ‘yung lahat nagpabakuna are heroes, lahat kayo hero. Iyong hindi nagpabakuna ‘yung mga pangit,” Duterte said in his “Talk to the People” address.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier said the national vaccination drive would help the country increase its number of jabs administered, to vaccinate more Filipinos before Christmas season.

More than 28.8 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or 38.64 percent of the country’s target population.

Galvez said the vaccination drive would be organized like election day.

“It will be likened to ‘yung like it’s election day na talagang lahat po ng tao pupunta doon sa vaccination area. Like an election, doon po sila sa mga presinto,” he said.

“Ito po ang mga tao po na hindi pa bakunado at ‘yun pong magkakaroon po ng mga boosters ay doon po pupunta sa tinatawag natin na mga designated na vaccination areas,” he added.

The vaccine czar said the country would then aim to sustain the average of jabs administered beyond the vaccination drive. John Ezekiel J. Hirro