June 24, 2024

The city government has reimposed the restrictions on unvaccinated individuals aged 17 years old and below in Baguio.
In Executive Order 12 s. 2022, Mayor Benjamin Magalong has ordered a heightened age-based home restriction for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated minors from Jan. 21 to 31 amidst the surge in Covid-19 cases in the city.
The EO added all unvaccinated minors should stay in their homes and may only be allowed to go out for indispensable transactions that require their physical presence or if they are seeking medical attention or consultation.
They may also be allowed to go out to attend wellness activities in outdoor spaces like parks, gardens, hiking and biking trails, or outdoor non-contact sports venues.
Magalong said the restrictions are imposed to protect the minors from the threats of the Covid-19.
He cited as among the bases the data from the City Health Services Office that showed there were 246 Covid-19 cases who are 11 years old and below.
“This emphasizes that they are at risk, more so that vaccination for this age group is not available at the moment,” the EO stated.
As of Jan. 20, Baguio City logged 39,261 cases of which 4,125 are active. The city also recorded 741 Covid-19-related deaths.
As of Jan. 17, the number of fully vaccinated minors or kids 12 to 17 years old reached 30,158 or 70.44 percent of the city’s eligible population of 42,811.
Vaccination for children five to 11 years old is yet to start although the city government has already begun the registration for kids under the age group in preparation for the rollout of their vaccination. – Jane B. Cadalig