Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days

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The Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Covid-19 Vaccination Days is a three-day national vaccination drive of the Philippine government that aims to boost the country’s inoculation rate against the coronavirus disease. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Proclamation 1253 for the conduct of the event to be headed by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG). The event will be held from 29 November to 1 December 2021, which will coincide with Andres Bonifacio Day on 30 November. Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said that the drive targets 15 million jabs. However, two days before the event, the target was adjusted to nine million jabs due to syringe supply problem.

54 million vaccinated Filipinos by 2021

The “Bayanihan, Bakunahan” program aims to vaccinate 15 million Filipinos across 16 regions outside Metro Manila. More than 32.9 million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The goal of the government is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of the total population, including individuals aged 12 to 17. Approximately 53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have yet to be administered.

The government aims to fully inoculate at least 54 million Filipinos by the end of 2021, up to 77 million by the end of the first quarter of 2022, about 20 million more during the second quarter of 2022, and the remaining unvaccinated Filipinos by the third quarter of 2022.

Not absent

Employees from the government and the private sector, who wish to join the vaccination drive, shall not be considered absent from their work and will not get a cut on their salaries. They just need to present proof of vaccination to their respective employers. The guidelines are subject to rules that may be issued by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC).

The President earlier considered to make vaccination against COVID-19 mandatory, but the proposal was met with criticisms for its potential violation of the Filipinos’ right to privacy.

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