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.
As of December 16, 2021, the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC) reported 100,019,137 total doses administered since March 2021. Over 43-M have been fully vaccinated, or 55.78% of the target population. The NVOC added that almost 56-M have been administered with a first dose, 43-M have been administered with second doses, and more than 1-M have been given booster/additional doses.
We commend the Department of Health, the NVOC, the National Task Force Against COVID-19, the local government units, our private and development partners, along with our medical frontliners and volunteers, for a job well done. This is indeed a showcase of the true bayanihan spirit. Congratulations to all.
This, however, must not lull us into complacency. 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. Also, Ligtas Christmas sa Healthy Pilipinas must serve as our guide. The coronavirus is still around with the looming threat of the Omicron variant. All must comply with the 50% indoor and 70% outdoor capacity and strictly adhere to minimum public health standards, especially those attending Simbang Gabi. Continue to wear mask in attending Simbang Gabi. Maintain 1-meter physical distancing. Avoid crowding. Practice hand hygiene.