Metro Manila cities and its lone municipality are racing to reach the finish line when their targeted numbers of people have been vaccinated to achieve “population protection” or “herd immunity” against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
Leading the cities is San Juan. As of June 19, the city, led by Mayor Francis Zamora, has vaccinated 50,564 residents with their first dose, and 18,045 with their second dose, for a total of 64,276 vaccines deployed. The city’s target population for herd immunity is 85,400.
The capital city, through its lead proponent of “Vaccine Nation” Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, is almost halfway in achieving its target of 800,000 vaccinated Manilenos. The city has inoculated 41 percent of its target population with 328,028 first dose vaccines deployed, and 133,381 second dose vaccines.
Navotas City, led by Mayor Toby Tiangco, has inoculated 38.7 percent of its target population of 150,000. The city has deployed 58,190 first dose vaccines and 15,827 second dose vaccines as of the third week of June.
Cities that have reached less than 40 percent of their target population are Pasay and Marikina.
Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano said the city has inoculated 31.4 percent of its target population of 316, 225. The city has deployed 133,170 COVID-19 vaccines, of which 99,598 vaccines were first dose, and 33,572 were second dose.
Marikina City, led by Mayor Marcy Teodoro, has vaccinated 33.2 percent of its 340,000 target. Out of the city’s total number of vaccinated individuals, 113,111 have gotten the first dose, while 29,063 have received the second dose.
The cities of Paranaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, and the municipality of Pateros have all exceeded 20 percent of their respective target populations.
In Parañaque City, which is led by Mayor Edwin Olivarez, 26.4 percent of its target population of 446,923 had been vaccinated against the coronavirus. Of this figure, 118,353 were first doses and 40,993 were second doses, for a total of 159,346 vaccines deployed.
Muntinlupa City, led by Mayor Jaime Fresnedi, has recorded 103,025 first dose vaccines and 27,562 second dose vaccines for a total of 130,507. The city has reached 26.7 percent of its target of 385,725 vaccinated residents.
Taguig City, meanwhile, has administered 210,724 vaccine doses, of which are 168,823 first doses, and 41,901 second doses. Mayor Lino Cayetano said the city aims to inoculate 680,000 individuals at the end of the year.
Metro Manila’s lone municipality, Pateros, has 14,700 vaccinated individuals which is equivalent to 30 percent of its 49,000 target vaccines, according to Mayor Miguel Ponce III.
The cities in the north, namely Quezon City, Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela have inoculated almost one-fourth of their target populations for herd immunity.
From its “QC ProtekTODO” to “QC Bakuna Nights (QC Vaccine Nights)” programs, the Quezon City government, led by Mayor Joy Belmonte has already vaccinated 29.1 percent of its 1.7 million target population. Of this, 414,850 have already been vaccinated with the first dose, and 126,000 with the second dose.
Like QC, Caloocan’s target population for herd immunity also exceeds one million. The city, led by Mayor Oscar Malapitan, aims to vaccinate 1.1 million of its residents. The city’s vaccination progress is at 24.7 percent with 272,208 inoculated with the first dose, and 50,298 with the second dose.
Malabon and Valenzuela have inoculated 19.6 percent and 23.3 percent of their target populations, respectively.
In Malabon, headed by Mayor Antolin A. Oreta III, 57,980 had gotten their first dose, and 19,033 had been fully vaccinated.
Valenzuela City, led by Mayor Rex Gatchalian, had administered 136,095 doses of vaccine; 111,246 of which were first doses and 24,849 were second doses.
Each city in the east area of the metropolitan has inoculated more than 100,000 individuals.
Makati City, led by Mayor Abby Binay, has deployed 133,114 vaccines (94,633 first dose; 38,481 second dose).
Mandaluyong City, led by Mayor Menchie Abalos, has administered 161,218 jabs (124,281 first dose; 36,937 dose).
Pasig City, led by Mayor Vico Sotto, has vaccinated 20.9 percent of its target of 596, 525 individuals. Of the city’s vaccinated individuals, 125,197 were first dose recipients, and 46,414 have been fully vaccinated.
In Las Piñas, where those who will get the jab have a chance to win a house and other prizes as announced by Mayor Imelda Aguilar, the total number of inoculated individuals with the first dose has reached 113,934, while 35,015 have completed their vaccination.
The Philippines’ vaccination officially began on March 1, 2021 shortly after the arrival of the first batch of vaccines from Sinovac. Prior to the official roll-out, a dry run was conducted to ensure that the vaccines, especially temperature-sensitive ones, would be rolled-out with minimal problems.
The rollout for the country’s national vaccine program began on March 1, 2021 at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) with Dr. Gerardo Legaspi, PGH director, officially becoming the first recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine in the country. The initial batch covered around 50,000 military personnel and 250,000 health workers.
As of March 3, 2021, vaccinations have been limited to Metro Manila and to health workers. However, select government officials were vaccinated in a bid to boost confidence in the vaccine.
On March 6, 2021, Oxford–AstraZeneca, under the COVAX facility, was also rolled out. In May, 2021, the rollout of Sinovac and AstraZeneca started.
The rollout of Gamaleya’s vaccines began on May 3 in five cities of Metro Manila; namely Makati, Manila, Taguig, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa. The deployment of Pfizer vaccines started on May 12 in the cities of San Juan and Makati.
(Data provided by the local government units covering the period June 16-22, 2021)