AFP vaccinates nearly 1M in nationwide immunization drive

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7, 2021) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines took part in the government's National Vaccination Days by administering nearly a million doses to Filipinos in far-flung areas last week.

AFP surgeon Gen. Col. Fatima Navarro told CNN Philippines' The Source that they administered 952,167 shots in the five-day immunization drive, primarily in the geographically isolated areas with low vaccination rates.

"In those days, we provided as much as 566 land assets, 10 water assets and six air assets in the transport of these vaccines," Navarro said.

"Overall, we were able to vaccinate as much as 952,167 in the different areas that we served," she said.

Navarro added that at least 10 of their camps vaccinated those in neighboring communities, former rebels, and those in the nearby base patrols of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit.

Over 91% of AFP personnel are also now fully vaccinated, she said.

"The remaining 7 to 8% have already received their first dose and are undergoing their second vaccination within this week. That means we will be 98% fully vaccinated by mid-December," Navarro added.

She said the remaining 2% of their members will likely complete their dose by the end of the year.

The Duterte administration fell short of its target to administer 9 million shots during the first round of the three-day mega vaccination. It reached 9.9 million after several local government units extended the drive for two more days.