The Department of Health highlighted the importance of vaccination as it reported on Monday that 93.49 percent of COVID-19 related deaths recorded between March 1 and November 14 this year involved individuals who were not fully inoculated.
“COVID-19 severe and critical symptoms are 1.75 times more likely to occur among unvaccinated, compared to those fully vaccinated. And deaths from COVID-19 are 2.6 times more likely to occur among unvaccinated, compared to those unvaccinated with two doses,” said Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
As government attempts to vaccinate as many Filipinos as possible, a three-day national vaccination drive on November 29 to December 1 has been scheduled with an ambitious goal of inoculating 15 million people in those three days. The drive is targeting regions with big populations such as Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Bicol and Western, Central and Eastern Visayas.
The country is currently enjoying a lull in COVID-19 infections. According to Vergeire, all regions are now at minimal to low-risk classification. 108 out of the 121 provinces, highly urbanized cities, and independent component cities are currently under alert level 2.
However, a surge of more cases by the end of the year remains a possibility as Filipinos enjoy the increased mobility that comes with lower alert levels. If that wave is to be suppressed, we will have to continue complying with minimum health standards and ramp up the vaccination effort that is crucial in terms of our protection from COVID-19 as well as the country’s economic recovery.
The country’s vaccination program may have started late and slow but now that it is finally on full blast, it is up to Filipinos to take advantage by getting fully vaccinated as soon as possible. Now that government has made protection from COVID-19 and a way out of the pandemic available to everyone, at no cost, it is our duty to make use of the vaccines that have been procured and distributed all over the country, not only for ourselves, but for our country as well.*