A total of 53,554 individuals need to be jabbed with first doses by hardworking City Health Services Office (CHSO) personnel to achieve immunization of 281,000, the city’s adult population.
This was presented by CHSO head Dr. Rowena Galpo during the management committee meeting, which was attended by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, City Administrator Engr. Bonifacio dela Pena, city executives and other personnel.
Daily first dose vaccinations of 1,116; a total of 6,694 weekly in at least three sites since Oct. 10 up to the first week of December should be achieved for excellent totals, it was known.
As of Oct. 9, there were 227,446 or 81% of the 281,000 eligible population immunized for the first dose and 162,980 or 58% fully immunized. Those fully immunized had second doses of Pfizer, Astrazeneca, Moderna, Gamaleya, Sinovac or the one-dose J and J.
The number of fully immunized continue to climb with total daily jabs of 1,166 to 4,255 since Oct. 10 to Oct. 20 in all vaccination sites.
Vaccinators and health workers however take a day off for rest, each week in the vaccination program.
In the Department of Health (DOH-CAR) statistics, as of Oct. 9, 32.34% or 412,640 are fully vaccinated from the target 70% (1,275,904) of the 1,448,169 regional population for 2021. A total of 561,898 or 44.04% had their first dose, with still a bigger number of 701,890 awaiting their first jab, of various vaccine brands.
According to Dr. Galpo, in the regional report, Baguio has fully immunized 62% or 162,384 from the 70% or 262,185 of the total 374,550 population. There remains a good 34,739 (13%) needing to have the first dose, as 227,446 (87%) have already availed of the different brands of vaccines.
As of now, Mayor Benjamin Magalong has announced that vaccine registration through the bakuna.baguio.gov.ph is open to those 15 to 17 years old, and to follow is the 12 to 14 y/o group. The mayor foresees the start of vaccination using Moderna and Pfizer for the youth.
Following this, the city is extending the vaccination program to Baguio workers but residents of La Trinidad-Itogon-Sablan-Tuba and Tublay (LISTT) municipalities and soon to their family members.
“We have more than enough vaccines which we could use to help our neighbors,” the mayor said. “Afterall, we are members of the same community,” he added.
The city has also granted, at cost, ten thousand vaccines to the city of Tuguegarao for their vaccination program. — Julie G. Fianza