Ten million Filipinos are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Malacañang said Thursday as the Philippine capital gears up to return to lockdown due to the highly contagious Delta variant of coronavirus.
Nearly a tenth of the country's 109 million people have completed their COVID-19 vaccine doses almost five months since the country started its inoculation program-- a "very important milestone," according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
"Ngayon po, mayroon nang 10 milyong Pilipino na mayroon nang full protection laban sa kalaban natin na COVID-19,” Roque said during a briefing in Mandaluyong City.
The Philippines is eyeing to vaccinate at least 50 million of its people this year to achieve the government's target of "population protection" from COVID-19.
The government has announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will continue even as stricter community quarantine protocols take effect in August.