June 25, 2021 – The number of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fatalities had gone down in the past weeks, thanks to efforts to seek out and vaccinate the most vulnerable population.

Data from the City Health Services Office headed by Dr. Rowena Galpo showed the city only had 13 deaths from June 1 to June 22 which is a far cry from the previous record of 2-3 deaths a day.

Earlier, Mayor Benjamin Magalong ordered the fast-tracking of vaccination of residents aged 65 years and above, the most susceptible age group as a means of preventing more deaths.

Through the help of the Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) and the district health centers led by president Councilor Michael Lawana, said residents were located and convinced to take the shots.

The city also continues to conduct its mobile vaccination operations to reach immobile patients even as it maintains a vaccination fast lane for those with ailments like cancer and kidney diseases.

The mayor said that apart from seeking early consult, vaccination is one way to curb the high incidence of death among COVID-19 patients.

The World Health Organization and the Dept. of Health said all COVID-19 vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) can prevent hospitalization and death.

Galpo said the city’s fatality rate has decreased to 2.04 percent with only three deaths June 2 to 9;

Last May 10, the city recorded its highest fatality rate at 2.09 percent with 247 deaths out of 11,814 cases. – Aileen P. Refuerzo