Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano on Wednesday said around 80% of the target population in the National Capital Region and 18% to 30% in provinces are already fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Interviewed on Super Radyo dzBB, Ano said the government will ramp up the inoculation in provinces outside Metro Manila as it targets to vaccinate 50% to 70% of their target population by Christmas.
“Ngayon dito sa Metro Manila nasa 80% na tayo. Yung ibang probinsya outside NCR, nasa 18%, nasa 30% so malayo pa,” he said.
(Currently, we are already at around 80% here in Metro Manila. Other provinces outside NCR are at around 18%, around 30%, so still a long way to go)
To discuss the boosting of COVID-19 vaccination in provinces, Ano said that on Friday, regional directors from concerned government agencies and selected mayors and governors will have a meeting.
He added that the government will expand the vaccination in Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Central Visayas, and Davao, then in the other areas in the country.
As of October 14, a total of 23.98 million people or 31.09% of the country’s target population are already fully vaccinated, the National Task Force Against COVID-19 said.
On Tuesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said finding supplies of vaccines against the coronavirus disease is no longer a problem for the Philippines.
“Right now supply is not anymore an issue. We have more than 38 million doses in our warehouses,” Galvez said. — RSJ, GMA News