Metro Manila must target vaccinating 80% of its population amid Delta threat — expert

Published August 25, 2021, 2:29 PM

by Gabriela Baron

An infectious disease expert on Wednesday, Aug. 25, has recommended vaccinating 80 percent of Metro Manila’s population amid the threat of the more contagious Delta variant.


In an interview with TeleRadyo, Dr. Rontgene Solante, head of adult infectious diseases at the San Lazaro Hospital, said COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila will “hopefully” decline once 80 percent of its population has been fully vaccinated.

“Makakuha tayo ng 80 percent vaccination rate sa [National Capital Region], hopefully dun natin makikita ang pagbaba ng kaso (We need to have 80 percent vaccination rate in NCR and hopefully we can finally see the decline in cases),” Solante noted.

Immunizing half of the eligible population before the end of the month would be a significant step toward achieving herd immunity, he added.

“Napakaimportante ang mataas ang vaccination rate kung mag-target tayo nung tinatawag na population protection (A high vaccination rate is very important if we are to target what is called population protection),” Solante said.

Earlier, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Benhur Abalos said that 75 percent of the eligible target population in Metro Manila has received at least a first dose of COVID-19 vaccines, while 43 percent have been fully inoculated.

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, a former Department of Health official said that up to 85 percent of the population needs to be fully vaccinated to achieve herd immunity as the more transmissible Delta variant looms.

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