THE Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is inching towards the 80 percent vaccination rate of its eligible population for herd immunity, according to the Department of Health (DOH).

DOH-CAR Assistant Regional Director Dr. Amelita Pangilinan said that the Regional Vaccinations Operations Center showed some 77.23 percent of the eligible population across the region vaccinated, less than three percent shy of the goal of 80 percent for herd immunity.

The figures come to some 884,000 out of the total 1,144,384 eligible individuals in the region.

Baguio City has the highest vaccination figures, exceeding its target population of 305,448 with a 106.68 percent vaccination rate. Its province of Benguet meanwhile has a 59.40 percent overall vaccination rate among its 394,649 target.

Abra is second highest in vaccination percentages with 92.08 percent of its 201,244 eligible population; followed by Apayao with 78.10 percent of its 101,250 eligible; Kalinga with 76.57 percent of its 197,754 target population; and Mountain Province with 70.39 percent of its 127,314 target population.

Ifugao has the lowest vaccination coverage to population ratio, so far vaccinating only 52.84 percent of its 172,134 target population.

In order to speed up the accomplishment of herd immunity, which only Baguio City and Abra have accomplished thus far, the DOH-CAR is distributing supplies and personnel to areas more in need of vaccine coverage.