DOH chief appeals for more vaccinators for 3-day national vaccination drive

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 10) — Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday urged medical workers to provide assistance as vaccinators for the government's second wave of mass immunization program next week.

"I appeal to our healthcare workers in coordination with their local government units, to please sign up and form part of the vaccination teams that are extremely important in realizing targets set during this three-day vaccination program," he told CNN Philippines' The Source.

The second round of the mass immunization program is scheduled for Dec. 15 to 17.

The government is hoping to administer 7 million coronavirus shots.

"We are in great anticipation that we will be able to reach our target as well," Duque added.

From Nov. 29 to Dec. 3—the first national vaccination drive, Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the government administered a total of 9,937,827 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

So far, 54 million Filipinos have already received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, Duque said on Thursday.

Government data as of Dec. 8 showed over 39 million people in the country have been fully vaccinated. The government only has a few more weeks to reach its adjusted target of completing the vaccination of 54 million Filipinos by the end of 2021.