Metro Cebu needs nearly 200K people to get jabbed to hit target

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METRO Cebu needs only 9.31 percent of its eligible population or 192,415 individuals to get inoculated to breach the 70 percent mark of fully vaccinated individuals.

As of January 10, 2022, the Visayan Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) reported that 60.69 percent of eligible individuals were already fully inoculated with the Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) vaccine while 75.83 percent received their first dose.

Metro Cebu is composed of the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Talisay and Naga, and the towns of Consolacion, Minglanilla, Liloan and Cordova.

According to VVOC spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, there are 2,137,945 eligible individuals for vaccination including children 12 to 17 years old.

Mandaue City leads the tally sheet with fully vaccinated individuals at 76.4 percent of its eligible vaccinees, followed by Lapu-Lapu City with 70.59 percent and Minglanilla with 65.84 percent.

The lowest numbers among the local government units in Metro Cebu were from the towns of Cordova and Liloan with 33.17 percent and 36.86 percent, respectively.

Loreche told SunStar Cebu Tuesday, Jan. 11, that there is still no detected Omicron variant in Cebu and Central Visayas.

Results from the samples sent to the Philippine Genome Center in Manila in the last week of December and the first week of January are expected to be released this week or next, said Loreche.

She also assured the public that there are enough testing kits amid the rise in Covid-19 cases in Cebu.

“We are capable of testing. We have the necessary manpower, and we have the necessary supply,” said Loreche.

She added that reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results are usually released within 24 to 48 hours from the collection of specimens.

However, due to the power outage caused by Typhoon Odette last December, results were delayed since molecular laboratories were not able to operate immediately.

Loreche added that the current number of Covid-19 cases in Cebu is not high enough to overwhelm and fill up all the temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas case bulletin, there were over 1,000 active Covid-19 cases in the whole Cebu as of Jan. 10, 2022.

90 million vax target

The National Government is eyeing to fully vaccinate 90 million Filipinos, including children aged zero to four, by the end of June 2022, National Task Force chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said Monday.

In his report during President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People Address, Galvez bared these targets: the vaccination of 90 million Filipinos by the end of June, to provide 72.16 million booster doses for the adult population, vaccinate 12.74 million individuals aged 12 to 17 with booster shots, inoculate 15.56 million people aged five to 11 with boosters and vaccinate 11.11 million zero to four year old children with the primary series.

Galvez said of the 90 million target, 28 to 30 million are unvaccinated, including three million senior citizens.

The Philippines has a total population of 111,572,254. (IRT, TPM / SunStar Philippines)

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