Presidential Spokesperson Secretary Harry Roque Jr announced on Thursday, August 5, 2021, that the country reached an important milestone in its national vaccination program with more than ten million fully vaccinated Filipinos.
Secretary Roque likewise expressed confidence that the Philippines would reach its target of population protection.
“(M)ahigit sampung milyon, ang fully vaccinated na po. Nasa 109 million ang official population ng Pilipinas ayon sa 2020 census. Nasa 50 to 70 million ang ating target para sa population protection. Kumpiyansa tayo na maaabot natin ito,” said Roque.
National Task Force Against COVID-19 Deputy Chief Implementer Vivencio “Vince” Dizon, on the other hand, reported that the country reached its highest daily inoculation last Tuesday, August 3, with 702, 013 jabs recorded.
Secretary Dizon added that vaccination would be ramped up in the National Capital Region (NCR), Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro and Gingoog during the period of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ).
Also in the same press briefing, Philippine National Police chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar allowed essential workers to be fetched by drivers who are not considered authorized persons outside residence, or non-APORs, provided they present a certificate of employment of the worker APOR or a copy of the business permit of the employer and another certification indicating the driver’s name, contact number, vehicle details as well as the contact details of the worker APOR and the employer.
Secretary Roque earlier attended the ceremonial program of the 10M Fully Vaccinated Filipinos event held in SM Megamall, where he underscored the importance of continuous vaccination to the country’s economy and growth, notwithstanding the imposition of ECQ in the NCR tomorrow, August 6.
“Bukas magsisimula na naman po tayo ng ECQ, ngunit hindi ibig sabihin na magsasara ang Pilipinas. Kaya po ngayon nandito tayo ginawa sa Megamall para ipakita na, COVID or no COVID, tuloy po ang pagtakbo ng ating ekonomiya. Hindi rin na nangahulugan hihinto rin ang bakunahan. Sasamantalahin natin ang ECQ para lalo po natin mapabilis po ang pagbabakuna,” said Roque.
In connection with this, SM Senior Vice President for Operations Bien Mateo mentioned that SM will further open its 67 vaccination mall venues during the ECQ. Two million jabs have been conducted in SM malls as of this writing. Essential shops and services, meanwhile, would remain open during the ECQ.
On the other hand, Mandaluyong City Mayor Menchie Abalos highlighted that Mandaluyong has vaccinated 30,508 of its senior population out of the target 29,749 senior population, or 102.55%. More than 25,000, or 83%, of seniors in Mandaluyong are fully vaccinated while more than 5,000, or 17%, are waiting for their second dose.
Also this morning, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairperson Benhur Abalos stressed that in view of the rising cases of COVID-19, the government had acted promptly based on their projections and assessments on the ground.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque meanwhile added that that everyone must unite saying that the whole government, the whole society, and the whole system must be there to ensure that the COVID-19 response would be successful. ### OPS-PCOO