The national government will deliver 6.5 million doses of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs to local government units in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus to intensify mass vaccination in the region.
National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 deputy chief Secretary Vince Dizon said NCR mayors asked for more supplies during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20.
“Plus” provinces Rizal, Laguna Cavite, and Bulacan will also be supplied an additional 2.5 million doses.
“NCR asked for four million doses. That will be given by the national government. Sec. Galvez promised four million doses of different vaccines for NCR these coming weeks. Also, 2.5 million for those in the Plus areas,” Dizon said in Filipino in an interview on Saturday during the launch of the Covid-19 drive-thru vaccination site in Manila at the Quirino Grandstand.
He said NCR mayors committed to finishing administering all four million doses, a combination of first and second doses, while under ECQ.
Dizon said the NCR accounts for 30 percent of the over eight million who are fully inoculated.
The A1 (medical front-liners) group is 95 percent vaccinated.
Aside from additional jabs, Dizon said vaccination sites should be increased and the inoculation process developed to make it more efficient.