AROUND 16.6 percent of the target population in Cebu City had been fully vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) since the City Government started its vaccination program in March 2021.
The City Government targets to inoculate 700,000 individuals, or 70 percent of the city’s population.
According to the latest data provided by the City Management Information and Computer Services (Mics) on Saturday, Aug. 21, 116,266 individuals are fully vaccinated.
The figures, though, do not include individuals who were inoculated under the Project Balik Buhay or in hospitals.
A total of 168,920 individuals have received the first dose of the vaccine.
As of Aug. 21, the City Government has administered a total of 285,186 doses of various Covid-19 vaccine brands.
In previous interviews, Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, officer-in-charge of the Cebu City Health Department, said the City has the capacity to inoculate an average of 5,000 to 7,000 individuals a day.
He said each vaccination site can accommodate an average of 1,000 individuals daily.
The City currently has seven vaccination sites located at the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad, Robinsons Galleria Cebu, SM Seaside City Cebu, UC Senior High School Private Campus, New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home Complex, Ayala Center Cebu and the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino.
Vice Mayor Michael Rama, convener of the City’s Covid-19 vaccination program, earlier said the City targets to open a total of 21 vaccination sites with a combination of satellite vaccination sites and mobile and drive-through vaccination centers to ramp up its vaccine rollout.
Ibones had hoped the City would achieve herd immunity, or vaccinate at least 70 percent of the total population, before the end of the year.
Based on the data provided by Mics officer-in-charge Richter Castañares on Aug. 21, a total of 511,230 individuals have registered for the City’s vaccination program.
In previous interviews, Ibones said the lack of manpower and the intermittent supply of Covid-19 vaccines had kept the City from opening more vaccination sites.
Ibones said the City is preparing to open a vaccination site at the University of San Carlos downtown campus, University of San Jose-Recoletos, Cebu Institute of Technology-University, University of Visayas, SM City Cebu and Ayala Central Bloc. (JJL)