VP Robredo’s NagaVax Express project inoculates over 6,700 in two days

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VP Robredoâs NagaVax Express project inoculates over 6,700 in two days
Photo release shows the Office of the Vice President's NagaVax Express project in cooperation with the Naga City local government.
Leni Gerona Robredo on Facebook

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo’s NagaVax Express project wrapped up its single-dose Janssen inoculation with 6,715 additional residents in Naga City now fully vaccinated in just two days.

In a Facebook post, Robredo confirmed that her office was able to hit its target for the project, which was set up in five sites around the city in coordination with the Naga City government. 

“If day 1 was a breeze, day 2 was a riot. There were too many who trooped to the vaccination sites who were unscheduled. A lot of confusion too. All of those could have been prevented if we had a solid database,” the vice president wrote.

"After the assessment last night, we made a number of recommendations to the City Government representatives. Hopefully, those would be acted upon soon so that similar incidents will be prevented in the future."

Its opening day was scheduled for senior citizens while the following day was allocated for persons with comorbidities.

To recall, the NagaVax Express project is an offshoot of Robredo's earlier Vaccine Express project, which was first launched in Manila City to vaccinate more than 4,500 tricycle, pedicab, and delivery riders.

READ: VP Robredo joins calls for increased vaccine supply outside of Metro Manila

Earlier on Saturday night, President Rodrigo Duterte urged local governments across the country to rethink the systems of their vaccination programs, claiming the national government "did not fall short" in its vaccine supply. 

To date, health authorities have recorded 1.54 million coronavirus infections in the country, 54,401 of whom are still active cases. 

Per Our World in Data, the Philippines remains among the worst countries in the world when it comes to vaccines per population.

Government officials, however, continue to highlight the total vaccines administered instead of the share of the population who have received at least one vaccine in arguing that its vaccination program is successful.  

READ: Duterte to LGUs: Be 'more sane' in vaccination programs

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

A new thread on the Philippines' vaccination program in 2021 in the government's revised objective to reach "population protection." (Main image: The STAR/Michael Varcas, file)

August 23, 2021 - 12:22pm

As of August 22, about 12% of the estimated 109 million population have been vaccinated against COVID-19, according to date from the pandemic task force.

  • First dose: 17,258,675
  • Second dose: 13,130,485
  • Total doses administered: 30,389,160
August 20, 2021 - 10:13am

An additional 582,500 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Friday morning.

It is part of the private sector's "A Dose of Hope" program, pioneered by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship and Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

August 9, 2021 - 2:56pm

An estimated 10.45% of the 109 million Filipinos have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 between March 1 and August 9, according to government data.

  • Total doses administered: 24,479,750
  • First dose: 13,087,781
  • Second dose: 11,391,969
August 3, 2021 - 5:56pm

The Philippines on Tuesday receives 3,000,060 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines donated by the United States.

The latest donation is part of the P1.38 billion assistance of the US government to the Philippines since the onset of the pandemic.

Last month, more than 3 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines from the American government arrived in the country.


August 3, 2021 - 10:08am

The Department of Tourism hails the City of Manila's drive-thru vaccination site at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park which opened on Saturday. 

“With the move to revert Metro Manila to the stricter enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) measure, this initiative will help establish the much needed resistance against the Delta variant of the virus," Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat says.

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