The number of Covid-19 vaccine jabs administered in the Philippines has breached 30 million, the Palace reported on Friday.

In a statement, acting Palace spokesman Karlo Nograles said 100,019,137 Covid-19 vaccine doses had been deployed nationwide as of Dec. 16, 2021.

“The Palace is pleased to report that we have reached a vaccination milestone as we surpassed the 100-millionth mark of the total doses administered,” Nograles said.

According to the National Vaccination Operations Center, over 43 million Filipinos have completed their Covid-19 vaccinations, while about 56 million have yet to receive their second dose.

The Philippines has launched two phases of three-day vaccination drives to ramp up its vaccination numbers towards Christmastime.

Nograles called on Filipinos anew to get vaccinated so the country could celebrate a better holiday season.

“We will continue to ramp up our vaccination efforts and call on those unvaccinated to get their jabs as soon as possible to protect themselves, their loved ones and their community,” he said.

Nograles also urged Simbang Gabi goers to adhere to public health standards, especially social distancing.

“The coronavirus is still around with the looming threat of the Omicron variant. All must comply with the 50-percent indoor and 70-percent outdoor capacity and strictly adhere to minimum public health standards,” he said.

The Philippine government is aiming to inoculate up to 90 percent of its population to achieve herd immunity against Covid-19.

The Philippines has 10,167 active Covid-19 cases as of Dec. 17. John Ezekiel J. Hirro