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Palace banks on 'house-to-house' jabs to ramp up vaccination outside NCR Plus

Malacañang is banking on an intensified “house-to-house” vaccination of vulnerable and senior citizens by local government units (LGUs) to ramp up the government’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign outside the National Capital Region (NCR) and its adjacent provinces.

In an interview on Dobol B TV on Saturday, acting presidential spokesperson and Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the success of the vaccination drive is “really a matter ng pakikipagtulungan natin (of our cooperation) with the LGUs and the general public.”

“Isa sa mga nakikita nating effective na ginagawa ng mga LGU ay ang house-to-house na pagbabakuna kasi ang target natin senior citizens at mga vulnerable lalo na sa mga areas outside of NCR Plus,” Nograles added.

(Among the effective measures being done by LGUs is the house-to-house vaccination as it targets senior citizens and vulnerable sectors especially in areas outside of NCR Plus.)

The Palace official said house-to-house vaccination is very effective in ramping up the inoculation campaign against COVID-19 as it promotes accessibility for those having difficulties in going to vaccination centers.

“Para sa hindi makakabiyahe kailangan reach out na lang tayo sa kanila,” Nograles said.

(For those who cannot commute, we really need to reach out to them.)

The National Task Force Against COVID-19 (NTF) announced that the goal of fully vaccinating 70% of the government’s target population has been achieved.

As of January 13,  a total of 54,457,863 persons have completed vaccination. This is 70.6% of the target population, according to the NTF.

The government has so far administered 117,337,626 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, of which 58,510,560 were first doses while 4,403,780 were booster doses. —KG, GMA News