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Duque explains: Herd immunity means 70% of population ‘fully vaccinated’

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 02:56 PM July 08, 2021
Duque explains: Herd immunity means 70% of population 'fully vaccinated'

FILE PHOTO: Health Secretary Francisco Duque III. Credit: Department of Health

MANILA, Philippines — Herd immunity will only be achieved once 70 percent of the country’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III explained Thursday.

“Fully vaccinated (with) 2 doses dapat, otherwise no such a thing as first dose herd immunity,” Duque told INQUIRER.net when sought to clarify whether herd immunity requires that at least 70 percent of the population are fully vaccinated.

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The country’s vaccine manager Carlito Galvez Jr. said that the Philippines can administer first COVID-19 vaccine doses to 70 million people by November.

Galvez earlier said a “better Christmas” awaits Filipinos as herd immunity may be attained by the latter part of this year.

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However, Duque has said the country may reach herd immunity in January 2022 at most, citing the adequacy of vaccine supply.

As of July 3, the government said over 3 million people were already fully vaccinated or have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country.

KGA

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