88% of October deaths unvaccinated

Majority of 88.46 percent of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients who died last month were either unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated.

Data from the Baguio City Health Services Office showed that of the 156 total deaths from Oct. 3-31, 138 were either unvaccinated numbering 127, partially vaccinated (11) or not eligible (2).

Eighteen or 11.53 percent died even with full vaccine coverage and all of them belonged to the vulnerable group who were either senior citizens or persons with underlying medical conditions.

The city government under the leadership of Mayor Benjamin Magalong is aggressively pursuing the vaccination program to attain herd immunity and move on to the new normal phase of the pandemic. 

As of Nov. 4, the city has posted 88.6 percent vaccination accomplishment in adult individuals given at least one dose and 70.47 percent in fully vaccinated ones.

It also rolled out the pediatric leg last Oct. 29 targeting 50,000 youths aged 12-17 years.

As of said date, the city has administered first doses to a total of 6,626 minors.

Magalong said the city targets to immunize 95 percent of the eligible population (281,000 adults and 50,000 minors) to establish herd immunity. — Aileen P. Refuerzo