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Palace To Issue EO On ‘National Covid-19 Vaccination Days’: NTF

Palace To Issue EO On ‘National Covid-19 Vaccination Days’: NTF

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Malacañang is expected to issue an executive order declaring Nov. 29 to Dec. 30 as National Covid-19 Vaccination Days, the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 said on Thursday.

NTF medical consultant Dr. Maria Paz Corrales said the whole-of-society initiative is dubbed as “Bayanihan Bakunahan”, which aims to vaccinate 15 million individuals over the three-day period.

“In the coming days, an executive order from Malacañang declaring the days of November 29 and 30 and December 1 as ‘National Covid-19 Vaccination Days’ will be released,” Corrales said during the arrival of three million shots of government-procured Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 in Pasay City.

Corrales said the Department of Health (DOH) is preparing guidelines for the holding of the National Covid-19 Vaccination Days.

She said the national government has coordinated with local government units, the medical community, religious groups, and the private sector to participate in the massive endeavor.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Office of the President is studying the proposal to declare the three-day national vaccination drives as regular holidays to allow more Filipinos to get inoculated against Covid-19.

“Inaasikaso po kung ano ang magiging desisyon ng Office of the President ukol diyan. Mag-aanunsiyo po tayo (We are waiting for the Office of the President’s decision on the matter. We will make an announcement),” Roque said in a virtual press briefing on Thursday.

Corrales said the government will continue to ramp up its vaccination program to achieve its goal of inoculating at least 54 million Filipinos before end-December.

The Philippines has received a total of 121,979,340 Covid-19 doses from various manufacturers, as of Thursday.

The country has administered a total of 66,816,976 doses of coronavirus vaccines with 30,478,899 Filipinos are now fully vaccinated. (PNA)

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