Taguig City aims for herd immunity by November; eyes 10,000 vaccinations a day
MANILA, Philippines — The city government of Taguig is targeting to reach herd immunity by November as it plans to vaccinate 10,000 residents a day.
Taguig City Mayor Lino Cayetano bared in a media conference Wednesday the local government’s “medium-term projection” of vaccinating 10,000 individuals starting September 1 in order to achieve herd immunity by November 7.
“We are now committing to vaccinate 10,000 a day,” he said. “If the vaccine comes, we will be able to fully vaccinate Taguig by November 7.”
According to Cayetano, the city needs to inoculate 650,000 people to attain herd immunity. Some 450,000 have already pre-registered for vaccination against COVID-19 on the city’s website, he added.
Should the city reach its goal, Cayetano pledged to open Taguig’s mega vaccination sites to other local government units.
“Ang commitment ho namin, pagdating ng November 7, bubuksan namin sa NCR Plus ang mga mega vaccination centers ng Lungsod ng Taguig,” he said.
(Our commitment is that, by November 7, we would open the mega vaccination sites of the city of Taguig to NCR Plus.)
“Because until everyone is safe, no one is safe,” he stressed.
NCR Plus includes Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, and Bulacan, which saw a resurgence of SARS-CoV-2 infections since March. SARS-CoV-2 is the new coronavirus that causes respiratory illness COVID-19.
Cayetano likewise said they had set as a “short term” goal inoculation of 5,600 residents a day by June 1 to achieve herd immunity by December 20.
Currently, he said, Taguig City’s daily vaccination capacity is at 4,000 a day. If this rate remains unchanged, he noted that the city would attain herd immunity by March next year.
As of May 4, Taguig City has vaccinated a total of 36,283 individuals, according to the local government’s data.
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