July 17, 2024

The city government of Baguio through the City Health Services Office requested the Department of Health to procure and supply local health centers with Covid-19 vaccines in view of reinfections monitored recently. 

Dr. Donnabel Panes of the CHSO Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit reported 11 Covid-19 cases were recorded over week, most of which are reinfections. 

Of the 11 cases, six have recovered and five are active. 

“Most of our Covid-19 cases have mild symptoms but one is severe,” Panes said. 

She added most of the active cases were unvaccinated which “is mostly the case.” 

With no more Covid-19 vaccine supplies, the city hopes the DOH will prioritize the procurement of vaccines to cater to children below five years old during the pandemic who were not vaccinated as they were out of the target population.

Even globally, Panes said Covid-19 reinfection is being reported with Omicron still the dominant variant in Baguio and in other countries. 

A total of 47,491 individuals in Baguio had Covid-19 since 2020 to present. Of these cases, 928 died of the virus. 

Vaccination against Covid-19 started in 2021 with over 359,000 individuals in Baguio availing at least one shot representing 134 percent of the target population;  over 344,000 individuals had full dose of the vaccine; and over 165,000 individuals avail the booster shots. – Jess Mardy Samidan