Philippines hopes to reach 70% vaccination rate by February 2022

Philippines hopes to reach 70% vaccination rate by February 2022

The Department of Health Secretary said The Philippines expects to have 70 per cent of its population fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by February 2022.

The Philippines.- Department of Health secretary Francisco Duque III has said he expects the Philippines to achieve a 70 per cent vaccination rate for Covid-19 by February 2022.

He said the country is progressing at an average daily rate of nearly 400,000 vaccinations per day, however, the process has been slow due to delays in the arrival of vaccines. To date only 12.2 per cent of the Philippines’ population has been fully vaccinated. 

Several Manila’s IRs have rolled out vaccination programmes in order to get their staff vaccinated. The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has announced a workforce immunisation rate of 94 per cent.

The regulator said 11,473 employees out of 12,176 were vaccinated against Covid-19 and added it hopes to complete the immunization of 100 per cent of its workforce.

Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels’ Solaire Resort & Casino in Metro Manila has completed its vaccination programme for its day-to-day staff after launching a free jab programme back in June.

Another casino in the Philippines, Okada Manila, also announced the launch of a free programme to vaccinate all of its staff against Covid-19 by the fourth quarter of 2021. The company will work with AC Health to vaccinate more than 5,700 team members.

Metro Manila casinos remain closed

Despite Manila easing Covid-19 countermeasures following a recommendation from the country’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, casinos remain shut and there have been no announcements on a possible reopening.

Manila has moved from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ)Harry Roque, the Presidential spokesperson, said the MECQ will allow higher operating capacity for some businesses but indoor services will remain closed at least for now.

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