About 10 percent of the country’s target population to achieve population protection have already been inoculated against Covid-19, a Department of Health official said.
Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire noted, “(If you compute at 70 percent of the population, we’re at 9.8 percent) vaccinated individuals, fully-vaccinated.”
The government’s goal is to inoculate up to 70 million this year to achieve population protection.
She added, “(When Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega spoke to the media, the denominator used is the entire population of the Philippines which is about 110 million, that’s why the computation was) 2 percent.”
Vergeire stressed the importance of careful data interpretation and the use of key indicators such as target population in checking the government’s progress in its vaccination activities.
The DOH defined fully-vaccinated individuals as people who already received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.