Baguio ramps up COVID-19 booster shot in barangays
BAGUIO CITY (PIA) – – The City Government of Baguio, through the City health Services Office, is all set to ramp up booster shot coverage down to the barangay level.
This was affirmed by Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes during the Department of Health- led Regional Launching of the Booster Shot “PinasLakas” campaign at the City Public Market last July 26.
Brillantes outlined that aside from the city’s regular vaccination sites like SM City Baguio and Malcolm Square, they will bring down the booster shots at the barangay level and will be recognizing and posting the names of the top barangays that will have the highest coverage.
At present, Baguio City’s booster shot coverage is at 51 percent and the target is to bring it up to at least 60 percent in the coming weeks, she added.
Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Celiaflor Brillantes joined the DOH officials in the ceremonial booster shots administration during the “PinasLakas” regional launching at the Baguio Public Market. (CCD/PIA CAR)
The City already breached 100 percent of its target individuals in terms of fully vaccinated for the primary series of COVID – 19 vaccines. In terms of booster shots, there are already 21,573 senior citizens who had their first booster shots while 5,382 others have already their second booster shots.
There are 113,856 individuals in the 18 – 59 years old bracket and 3,015 – 12 – 17 years old children who already have their booster shots In Baguio.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong, through the Public Information Office, reminds the public to get boosted and to continue adhering to the health and safety protocols for added protection against COVID – 19 as the present Omicron variant is more transmissible.
Meantime, City Health Officer Dr. Rowena Galpo, in a media interview, reiterated the public health advisory for those who have completed their primary doses to get their booster shots and to continue adhering to the health and safety protocols for added protection against COVID – 19 as cases are again rising.
Over the weekend, the City HSO reported 116 new cases and 21 reinfections bringing the total active cases in Baguio at 325 as of July 31.
Galpo said Baguio is currently averaging more than 50 cases a week and with a positivity rate of 10%m but she shared that case management is still effective with the City’s Health Care System still at low risk with a 15% bed utilization rate. **JDP/CCD-PIA CAR