THE holding of two three-day vaccination drives across the country is ample proof that the government is determined to achieve “herd immunity” before the end of 2021.
Experts said herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of the disease from one person to another unlikely.
The first three-day vaccination campaign against COVID-19, which ends tomorrow (December 1), aims to vaccinate nine million people or achieve three million jabs a day.
The original target was to inoculate 15 million, but there’s “a shortage in ancillary supplies, notably syringes for the Pfizer BioNTech vaccines and other logistical challenges.”
Another “Bayanihan Bakunahan” drive has been set from December 15 to 17 to help achieve the government’s goal of fully vaccinating 54 million Filipinos by the end of the year.
Without doubt, the holding of the two three-day vaccination drive is most welcome because people want to celebrate Christmas and New Year with friends and relatives.
In the Philippines and other Christian countries throughout the world, December 25 (Christmas) and January 1 (New Year) are two of the much-awaited days of the year.
Even Filipinos now working or living abroad usually return home in December to spend the holiday season with their relatives, friends and other acquaintances.
Thus, the government should be commended for its efforts to achieve “herd immunity” before the year ends.
It’s a move in the right direction.