San Juan City achieves herd immunity against COVID-19

Published August 10, 2021, 12:44 PM

by Patrick Garcia

The San Juan City local government has announced on Tuesday, August 10, that the city has already achieved herd immunity against COVID-19 after fully vaccinating 74.4 percent of its target population.

Mayor Francis Zamora

San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora made the announcement during the Laging Handa press briefing of Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Benhur Abalos, and Treatment Czar Undersecretary Leopoldo Vega.

Zamora said the local government unit (LGU) has fully vaccinated 98,590 individuals, surpassing the target based on both the Philippine Statistics Authority 2020 census where 70 percent is 88,443, and Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) projected population of 92,759.

“Ako po ay natutuwa na ipaalam sa inyo na ang San Juan po ay, as of yesterday, kami po ay nakapagbakuna na po ng 147,421 sa kanilang first dose, at 98,590 para sa kanilang second dose (I am pleased to announced to you that the City of San Juan, as of yesterday, has already vaccinated 147,421 individuals with their first dose, and 98,590 for their second dose),” Zamora said.

“Ibig sabihin po ay 111.47 percent na ang fully vaccinated sa lungsod ng San Juan at yan po ay aming nakamit as of yesterday (This means 111.47 percent has been fully vaccinated in the City of San Juan which we achieved yesterday),” he added.

Zamora assured the public that the LGU will keep on vaccinating its residents against the virus and will continue to help the national government achieve herd immunity in the country.

The mayor, together with the three officials, toured the One Hospital Command Center in Pasay City to observe the procedures being used in the triaging of COVID-19 patients in various hospitals and health facilities around the country.

Mayor Francis Zamora and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

The LGU reported that as of August 9, the city has 315 active COVID-19 cases, 9,388 recoveries, and 234 deaths.

Zamora had previously said that most COVID-19 cases in the city are mild or asymptomatic. He added that vaccination plays an integral part in keeping the people safe from COVID-19.

“So, nakikita natin na bagamat tumataas ang mga kaso, dahil bakunado ang ating mga mamamayan, kahit magka-COVID ka, eh mananatili kang mild to asymptomatic (We can see that even if the cases are increasing, because our citizens are vaccinated, if ever you contract COVID-19, it will just be mild to asymptomatic),” he said.