PH Task Force Vs. COVID-19 Extends Vaccination Push
PH – The Philippine National Task Force Against COVID-19 decided to extend the 3-day vaccination drive against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fight against the COVID-19 is given a boost once more as a new threat was detected – the B.1.1.529 or Omicron that was first recorded in South Africa. It was identified as a “heavily mutated” variant of coronavirus.
Aside from South Africa, several other nations have confirmed their first cases of the Omicron variant. Hong Kong also registered cases of the said variant of concern but the Philippine government did not ban foreign travelers from the country explaining that they had foreign cases.
The World Health Organization (WHO) warned countries of the Omicron variant which may have the capacity to cause another surge of the COVID-19 cases. Several nations are currently implementing travel restrictions on travelers from countries that recorded cases of the said variant of concern.
In PH, a temporary travel ban is currently implemented on foreign travelers from South Africa, Italy, Belgium, Mozambique, and several other nations that logged cases of COVID-19. Only the returning Filipinos from the Red List countries are allowed to enter the nation.
The PH national government also pushed for a national vaccination against the COVID-19 which targeted to vaccinate nine (9) million Filipinos. It was initially set from November 29, 2021 until December 1, 2021 but an extension was considered.
Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, National Task Force against COVID-19 spokesman Retired General Restituto Padilla, the PH national vaccination drive is extended until Friday, December 3, 2021. He stressed that the date from the first three (3) days of the vaccination is good and more than five (5) million jabs were administered on the first two (2) days of the vaccination drive.
Padilla further expressed that they are just waiting for the data about the vaccination during the 3rd day of the drive. He also said that there will be another national vaccination in the mid of December.
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