Saturday, September 25, 2021

11 Covid-19 patients who died in Cebu City unvaccinated

DISINFECTION. Nurses disinfect themselves after serving at the mobile vaccination in Barangay Pajo, Lapu-Lapu City on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. The mobile vaccination efforts were done by the City in partnership with the Philippine Red Cross. (Alan Tangcawan)

ALL the 11 people in Cebu City who succumbed to complications caused by Covid-19 from July 30, 2021 to August 2 were not vaccinated.

Four of the 11 mortalities were senior citizens, said City Councilor Joel Garganera, chief implementer of the Cebu City Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

He described the deaths as alarming.

The EOC did not say whether the unvaccinated had refused to receive vaccine jabs or they had been waiting for their vaccination schedules before they contracted the coronavirus.

Garganera said the 11 deaths— July 30 (1), July 31 (3), Aug 1(4) and Aug 2 (3)—are the highest number of deaths in the last three months since May 18, 2021, during which Covid-19 cases started to increase again.

Garganera is also worried about this current trend, which is similar to what had happened in June 2020—367 recorded deaths in what was considered as the first surge of Covid-19 cases in Cebu City.

Cebu City Health Department recorded eight deaths for the month of August and all of them were unvaccinated.

VSMMC patients

At Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City, 94 of the 113 Covid-19 patients admitted in hospital as of July 29 were unvaccinated.

This was announced by VSMMC chief Dr. Gerardo Aquino in a statement, who encouraged the public to register themselves for vaccination.

Aquino also said all the recorded five Covid-19 mortalities in VSMMC on July 28 were unvaccinated individuals.

The VSMMC chief said, getting vaccinated does not mean one is completely immune from getting infected by the virus.

He said the vaccine protects inoculated individuals from developing critical conditions that will require hospitalization.

Other developments

Soon to open vaccination sites in Cebu City: Waterfront Hotel in Barangay Lahug (Aug. 9); Cebu Institute of Technology-University on N. Bacalso Ave. (preparations for the opening are still ongoing).

On Aug. 5, a pre-opening vaccination rollout will take place at The Waterfront Hotelto serve as a dry run This will be participated by 100 individuals.

As of Aug. 3, Cebu City had been able to administer a total of 122,693 doses of Covid-19 vaccines. It also fully vaccinated 80,939 individuals.

A total of 452,489 registered for the city’s vaccination program.

As of Aug. 3, 487,745 individuals in the entire Cebu were able to receive their first dose, while 281,884 completed the second dose.

The 132 medical frontliners who are from Cebu City and infected Cid-19 experienced only asymptomatic to mild symptoms. All of them, butone was fully vaccinated.

The police will investigate netizens who post wrong information about The Covid-19 vaccine on their social media accounts. (MVE, WBS, JJL, PAC)


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