More than 700,000 people in the country have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Department of Health (DOH) said on Wednesday, May 19.
DOH Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje said that a total of 3,299,470 vaccine doses were already administered. Of this figure, 786,528 individuals completed two doses, while 2,512,942 received their first dose.
Majority of those who completed the two-dose regimen were from the A1 sector or healthcare workers with 453,266. Cabotaje said that 1,240,119 healthcare workers got their first dose so far.
Of the A2 sector or the senior citizens, 110,290 already received two doses, while 714,312 are still waiting for their second dose.
A total of 222,780 people with comorbidities or those under the A3 sector have been fully vaccinated, while 548,844 individuals received their first dose.
Cabotaje added that 192 frontline personnel in the essential sector— or those under the A4 priority group— have been fully vaccinated, while 9,667 got their first dose.
Herd immunity in ‘NCR Plus 8’
The Health official said that they are expecting that herd immunity will be achieved in Metro Manila and 8 other areas by November.
“Ang tinatarget natin ay (We are targeting) by November at least in the ‘NCR Plus 8’ because it will still depend on the steady supply of vaccines. It will be dependent on the global supply,” said Cabotaje.
The NCR Plus 8 refers to Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Pampanga, Batangas, Cebu, and Davao.
“”We will receive about 10 to 11 million doses by June, July, August so more or less that’s steady, so, we will be able to reach a lot of vaccinees especially in the NCR Plus areas,” said Cabotaje.
Meanwhile, the vaccination of those under the A4 to A5— or the essential workers and indigent citizens, respectively, will be focused first in the NCR Plus 8 areas.
“Hinahabol din natin yung volumes ng vaccine. Ico-concentrate natin sa tinatawag nating geographic area kung saan nandoon yung surge ng mga cases. So A4 and A5, sa kuwan lang muna, sa NCR Plus 8 (We are still looking at the volumes of the vaccines. We will concentrate it first in the geographic areas where there is a surge in cases. So, [the vaccination] of A4 and A5 will be first conducted in NCR Plus 8),” said Cabotaje.