Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Cebu’s Covid-19 first dose jabs breach 1M mark

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche's first jab during the ceremonial Covid-19 vaccination in Cebu City at Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center last March 4, 2021. (File photo)

CEBU reached an important milestone in its vaccination efforts as it breached the one-million mark for the first dose of Covid-19 vaccines on Friday, September 10, 2021.

As of September 9, 2021, 997,652 individuals in Cebu have received their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine, according to Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC).

Meanwhile, fully vaccinated individuals in Cebu now reached 666,391 as of September 9, 2021.

As this developed, government agencies and non-government organizations joined hands to ramp up vaccination efforts in Cebu province’s local government units (LGUs).

During a meeting organized by the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas (OPAV), it was decided that Cebu will be divided into several sectors for a more focused vaccination campaign. There will be six sectors in the north and seven sectors in the south.

This move aims to ensure well-run and safe vaccination programs in various local government units.

The main goal of this strategy is to achieve herd immunity for Cebu the fastest possible time.

These efforts are spearheaded by Philippine College of Physicians, Cebu Medical Society, the All Terrain Medical Relief Organization, the Regional IATF through Gen. Melquiades Feliciano and the Department of Health (DOH) Central Visayas.

Volunteer doctors

Volunteer medical doctors, medical auxiliary teams (composed of medical students and interns), nurses groups, paramedical groups, civic organizations, chambers of commerce and religious organizations are also part of this intensified vaccination campaign.

The lack of personnel has hampered the implementation of the vaccination program in various LGUs. The volunteers would man the various sectors in the northern and southern parts of Cebu.

In the north, Sector 1 is composed of Liloan to Danao City and Camotes Island. The other sectors are Sector 2 (Carmen to Sogod); Sector 3 (Borbon to Bogo); Sector 4 (Medellin, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island); Sector 5 (San Remigio to Tuburan); and Sector 6 Balamban and Asturias).

In the south, Sector 1 comprises the City of Naga to Carcar; Sector 2 (Sibonga to Dalaguete; Sector 3 (Alcoy to Oslob); Sector 4 (Samboan to Malabuyoc); Sector 5 (Alegria to Alcantara); Sector 6 (Ronda to Barili); and Sector 7 Aloguinsan to Toledo City).

According to a report of the Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC), Metro Cebu LGUs are now collectively nearing the halfway mark for administered first dose as their combined Vaccination Coverage Rate (VCR) has now reached 49.31 percent as of September 9.

Two of the LGUs in Metro Cebu have already breached the halfway mark for the first dose.

These are Mandaue City which has administered the first dose to 57.89 percent of the eligible population and Consolacion having reached 53.18 percent for the first dose.

Metro Cebu LGUs reached a combined 31.94 percent of their approximately 1.7 million eligible population having been fully vaccinated, the VVOC report showed.

Mandaue City leads with a 42.35 percent of eligible population already fully vaccinated, more than halfway to the 70 percent needed to achieve herd immunity. Meanwhile, the City of Naga is second at 33.77 percent fully vaccinated VCR. (PR)


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