1.5 million daily COVID-19 shots still possible by Nov. 15, says vaccine czar

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 29) — The government is still optimistic that it can reach its 1.5 million daily inoculation target starting next month, ahead of the upcoming holiday season.

Speaking to CNN Philippines' The Source on Wednesday, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. expressed confidence in this new goal after local governments agreed to scale up their vaccination rate.

He noted that administering booster shots and third doses for the priority sector will also start next month.

Galvez said the expanded vaccine drive for children aged 12-17 next week will definitely get them closer to this objective, since there are 12.7 million children under this age group that are eligible for inoculation.

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"I believe ang target na 1 million more or less, baka November 10," he said. "Then we will try to scale it up November 15 to end (of the month). We really have to scale up during November kasi December, ito yung tinatawag natin na Christmas season."

[Translation: I believe our 1 million target will be reached more or less starting Nov.10. Then we will try to scale it up Nov. 15 to end of the month. We really have to scale up during November because December is what we call the Christmas season.]

Galvez said the country's daily vaccination rate has not gone below 500,000 over the past days. Government data shows that an average of 501,617 doses have been administered daily in the last seven days.

A total of 571,860 doses have been administered on Oct. 26 alone.

So far, more than 26 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It is still less than half of the government's target to inoculate over 77 million eligible vaccinees to achieve herd immunity.