'National Vaccination Day' eyed from Nov 29-Dec. 1 to coincide with Heroes Day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 8) — The government is planning to conduct a 3-day national vaccination from Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, coinciding with Nov. 30, Bonifacio Day, which commemorates one of the country's heroes.

"Tinatawag po natin na National Heroes Day ['yung] Nov. 30 kasi parang [messaging] natin, lahat ng tao na magpapabakuna ay bayani," vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said in a briefing Monday.

[Translation: We're deeming Nov. 30 as a National Heroes Day because we want to give the message that people who will get vaccinated are heroes.]

Bonifacio Day is usually held to commemorate other Filipino heroes as well.

The National Heroes Day, meanwhile, is originally observed on the last Monday of August every year. It marks the Cry of Pugad Lawin, a revolt that started the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish empire and the journey toward the country's independence.

Dr. Ted Herbosa, adviser to the National Task Force Against COVID-19, earlier bared plans to hold a nationwide vaccination day to speed up the rollout of doses.

This comes as the government works to raise its daily immunization target to 1 million shots on Nov. 10, just two days from now, and 1.5 million after Nov. 15 amid continuous deliveries of vaccine supplies.

The country is averaging only 697,025 doses per day, as of Nov. 7, with about 64.2 million shots administered.

Galvez said he is hopeful the target could be achieved "in the next two weeks."