April 20, 2024

While the rate of city’s vaccination against the Covid-19 surpassed targets, the city government is working on increasing the number of 12 to 17 years old population who received booster shots.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong said this is for the city to be able to maintain its low number of Covid-19 cases, and despite the easing of the face mask policy, which the Inter-Agency Task Force made optional in low-risk settings nationwide.
In a televised briefing, the mayor said the city recorded a below one percent growth rate for the past 30 days and negative 54 percent for the past two weeks.
The City Health Services Office reported a weekly infection rate of 0.66 to 0.62.
As of Sept. 19, the city has 0.18 percent active cases, 1.92 percent deaths, and 97.91 percent recoveries and a total of 44,450 cases based on CHSO data.
In terms of healthcare utilization, 46 out of 379 beds are being used or 12.14 percent, 37 of which are non-ICU beds out of 335; and nine are ICU beds out of 44 ICU beds.
In terms of vaccination, the city has 339,898 fully vaccinated individuals, which surpassed its target population of 268,022 or 126.8 percent accomplishment; 355,351 or 132.58 percent have at least one dose; and 150,240 or 56.06 percent with one booster shot.
Out of the 26,963 target senior citizens, 32,664 have been fully vaccinated; 21,988 have at least one booster shot, and 8,041 have taken two booster shots.
There are 215,845 individuals aged 18 to 59 years old that are fully vaccinated, 122,116 with one booster shot, and 12,788 with two booster shots.
For the five to 11 age group, a total of 18,867 out of the 32,869 target are fully vaccinated.
For the 12 to 17 age group, a total of 36,522 are fully vaccinated surpassing the 28,127 target, but only 21.78 percent or 6,136 of them have received a booster shot.
The mayor said they are coordinating with the Department of Education and managements of private schools in the city to work on schedules for the administration of booster shots to students who are now mostly attending face to face classes.
The city remains at low risk or level 1 status. – Hanna C. Lacsamana