MANILA - The country might have survived the prevailing impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, but still "we are not yet out of the woods," Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said Thursday.
In a vaccination event at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City, Cabotaje, who also chairs the National Vaccination Operations Center (NVOC), reminded the public to be vigilant and get sufficient protection against the risks of Covid-19 infections.
Cabotaje emphasized that coronavirus remains "unpredictable" with the emergence of new variants and subvariants.
"That's why we should not let our guards down," she noted.
On the other hand, Cabotaje lauded the will of the National Capital Region (NCR) local governments in taking the lead to "vaccinate as one."
"Kapang-kapa na nila yung pagbabakuna at yung Covid response and of course, they have ably supported by their local health workers," she said.
Cabotaje is confident that the country will be able to surpass the health crisis, but she urged the local government units (LGUs) to further ramp up the vaccination program.
"Do it faster, ramp it up baka maunahan pa tayo ng Covid surge (the Covid surge might step ahead of us)," she said, adding public minimum health protocols must also be observed at all times.
The Philippines has already vaccinated a total of 69,037,072 Filipinos nationwide, with around 14 million administered with the first booster dose.
The second booster shot is available for immunocompromised, health workers and senior citizens. (PNA)