Thursday, September 23, 2021

Officials target to vaccinate 45% of NCR residents during lockdown

MANILA. In this photo taken in June 2021, security guard Joenil Mibulos is inoculated with a Covid-19 vaccine at the Navotas Fish Port. (File)

METRO Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Benhur Abalos on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, said they target to fully vaccinate up to 45 percent of the adult population of Metro Manila against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) during the two-week lockdown from August 6 to 20.

Metro Manila mayors, for their part, vowed to make the vaccination process more orderly and efficient to avert super-spreader events.

The private sector, through Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion, will make their facilities available as vaccination sites and provide manpower to accelerate the vaccinations.

Malacañang has announced that an additional 4.0 million doses have been allotted for Metro Manila.

As of August 1, 3,471,666 Metro Manila residents have been fully vaccinated out of 4,663,608 who received at least one dose. The projected population of adults 18 years old and over in Metro Manila, or National Capital Region, is 9,604,872 for 2021.

The 3,471,666 fully vaccinated residents constitute 36.14 percent of the adult population while first dose inoculations have reached 48.55 percent.

A total of 8,135,274 doses have been administered in the region.

Abalos said vaccination in the NCR will be expanded during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

“Ang dapat kasi habang nasa ECQ ka bakuna ka pa din ng bakuna para mas dumami ang may protection laban sa virus,” he said during a townhall session Wednesday on the upcoming NCR lockdown.

He said they were awaiting the decision of the National Task Force (NTF) Against Covid-19 over the proposal to begin vaccinations among the general public in order to give the vaccines intended for eligible but hesitant recipients to those who are willing to be inoculated.

The government is presently inoculation priority groups A1 (health workers), A2 (senior citizens), A3 (persons with underlying conditions), A4 (workers who must go out to work) and A5 (indigent). (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)


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