Metro Manila region to reach 92% full vaccination by December

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Philippine health officials said they are expecting the Manila region to reach 92 percent full vaccination by December.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. told local media that currently, 75 percent of the National Capital Region (NCR)’s eligible population is now fully vaccinated. This is expected to reach 85 percent by the end of October. 

Last week, National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 chief Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said the bump up in vaccination rate is due to a shipment of around 100 million Covid-19 vaccines which is expected to be delivered before October. 

The government also plans to increase the daily vaccination rate to between 500,000 and 800,000 doses, up from around 350,000 doses in September. 

The news comes as the government has made the decision to retail Alert Level 4 in Metro Manila until October 15, meaning that casinos remain closed.