CITING current data, Baguio Mayor Benjamin Magalong said that the city is capable of reaching some 60 percent of the city’s population for vaccination, a lower estimate from previous figures from earlier in the year.
According to Magalong, projections based on current data suggest that the city can reach 60 percent of its population to be vaccinated, comprising of 190,000 individuals, but only if vaccine supply remains steady and vaccination figures remain consistent.
City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo meanwhile said that out of the 380,000 doses needed to achieve such a vaccination rate, another 355,000 have to be administered throughout the year, given that the city has already accomplished 25,000 vaccinations.
The target would require some 3,000 vaccinations per day, Galpo said. Split among the twenty-four vaccination teams in the city’s four vaccination sites, each team would have to administer 120 vaccines daily to meet the quota.
The target is lower than previous targets set by the government earlier in the year, which were more optimistically eyeing an 80 percent coverage of the city’s population.
However, Magalong also said that the city is likely to meet the supply requirement for vaccines in the city by August due to a combination of its own acquisition efforts, acquisition of doses through the government, and private donations.
Earlier in the year, Magalong revealed that some 380,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive in the third quarter of the year.