PH fully vaccinates 54 million Filipinos

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — Two weeks after its original target, the Philippine government finally achieved its end-2021 goal of fully vaccinating 54 million people against COVID-19.

The National Task Force against COVID-19 said 54,457,863 people already received full protection against the coronavirus, which represents 70.60% of the country's target population of around 77 million - which the government aims to fully immunize by the first quarter of 2022, and reach 90 million by the end of the second quarter.

A total of 117,383,756 vaccine doses have been administered nationwide as of Jan. 13. A 1.04 million average daily vaccination rate has also been recorded over the past three days.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said this was achieved despite challenges like the ongoing surge and Typhoon Odette, which delayed vaccination in parts of the Visayas and Mindanao.

So far, six regions have already fully vaccinated more than 70% of their residents: Metro Manila (109.07%), Cordillera Administrative Region (78.43%), Ilocos Region (78.17%), Cagayan Valley (74.93%), Central Luzon (75.74%) and Calabarzon (71.92%).

Meanwhile, 4,415,333 individuals have received their booster shots or additional doses.

The Philippines has received 213,655,520 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers - with over 96 million doses currently in stock, ready for deployment.

On Friday, the country tallied another record 37,207 new infections.