BAGUIO CITY – The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) reported 96 percent of the recent coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths here had not been vaccinated.
CESU head Dr. Donnabel Panes said that of the 106 fatalities recorded from April 19 to July 5, only four percent or four individuals had at least one dose of the vaccine while 102 had none.
“There were 34 who registered for vaccination so they were willing to get vaccinated but did not make it,” Panes said.
She said the city needs to ramp up vaccination program to realize its impact and that more efforts should be exerted to have the vulnerable population, especially the senior citizens, inoculated.
“We started vaccinating our senior citizens last April and since April, we have had 106 deaths, most of them seniors. This means that we have to vaccinate all our elderlies to protect them from developing severe symptoms that may lead to death,” Panes said.
The mean average age of those who died was 65 years with an age range of 41- to 99-years-old. Males comprised 67 percent of these deaths while 33 percent were females.