The country’s Covid-19 vaccination pace is picking up with the number of jabs administered nationwide reaching 26,677,269 doses, the National Task Force Against Covid-19 said yesterday.
Based on the NTF data, as of Thursday, 12,182,006, or 17.19 percent of eligible Filipinos targeted for the Covid-19 vaccination program have been fully inoculated and more than 14 million others got their first dose.
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., the NTF chief implementer, said the government is on a more aggressive vaccination drive amid the threat of the Delta variant.
“We got the commitment of our local government units, especially those in areas under ECQ, that our vaccination efforts this August will be more aggressive because of the Delta variant,” he said in a statement.
The Philippines hit a record-high of 710,482 doses administered on Aug. 5, surpassing the targeted daily vaccination rate of 500,000 doses.
A total of 42,091,150 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been delivered to the country since February.
Another 4,322 persons have beaten Covid as of yesterday, bringing the total number of recoveries in the country to 1,587,069.
The Department of Health said this is equivalent to a 92.6 percent recovery rate out of 1,713,302 infections since the pandemic started last year.
Some 13,177 new infections were also recorded, bringing the number of active cases to 96,395, or 5.6 percent of all cases in the country.
There were 299 new deaths reported, with the country’s total mortalities now at 29,838, or 1.74 percent of all Covid-19 infections.*PNA