5 Metro cities claim herd immunity vs COVID-19

Published October 26, 2021, 10:15 AM

by Manila Bulletin

By Seth Cabanban and Aaron Dioquino

Of the 17 local government units (LGUs) in the National Capital Region (NCR), five cities have achieved herd immunity against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). 

A resident of Makati receives her first dose of Sinovac vaccine at the newly open vaccination hub at Glorietta 5 on June 10, 2021. (Ali Vicoy / File photo / MANILA BULLETIN)

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herd immunity, or population immunity,  “is “the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.”

The local governments of San Juan, Las Pinas, and Marikina declared that they have achieved herd immunity by vaccinating their target population, equivalent to 70 percent of the total population. Taguig announced that on Oct. 13, it reached 100 percent vaccination of its eligible population. Mandaluyong City also confirmed to Manila Bulletin that it has achieved herd immunity.


San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora announced on Aug. 10 that the city had achieved herd immunity when fully vaccinated individuals reached 98,590, or 74.4 percent of its total population. 

The latest report from San Juan Public Information Office as of Oct. 24 listed 176,573 total second doses administered, equivalent to 199.7 percent of the 70 percent target population goal and 139.75 percent of the total population. 

San Juan has a population of 126,347, according to a 2020 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) census. In September, San Juan also began offering vaccination to non-residents. 

Mayor Francis Zamora’s Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN


Las Pinas Mayor Imelda Aguilar announced on Oct. 25 that the city had achieved herd immunity. 

She said 90.6 percent of the target population of 447,086 have been fully vaccinated and 99.9 percent of them received their first dose. 

An update by the city government on Oct. 23 showed 417,921 second doses were administered, or 70.3 percent of Las Pinas’ total population and 100.4 percent of the target population.

In total, 449,555 individuals have received at least one dose, equivalent to 64.6 percent of Las Pinas’ population and 92.2 percent of the target population.

Las Pinas has a total population of 638,694, according to its Public Information Office. 

Las Pinas Facebook page / MANILA BULLETIN


The Taguig City government announced on Oct. 22 that it achieved full vaccination of 100 percent of its target population. 

On Oct. 22, 657,558 individuals were vaccinated in Taguig, exceeding the city’s 611,990 target population. This is 75 percent of the 872,980 total population, according to the Taguig Registry for Access and Citizen Engagement (TRACE), the city’s group assigned to supervise and schedule vaccinations. 

Some 608,845 or 70 percent of the total population are fully vaccinated, while 48,714 or 5 percent received at least their first dose of COVID-19 jabs.

“Taguig City will continue to focus on its community-based vaccination program,” the city government said. 

Taguig City Government / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN


As of Oct. 23, Mandaluyong has fully vaccinated 420,050 individuals while 472,697 have received their first dose, both exceeding the 70 percent target population. 

Mayor Menchie Abalos told the Manila Bulletin on Oct. 25 that the city has indeed achieved herd immunity.

A 2020 census by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed Mandaluyong has a total population of 425,759.



According to a Manila Public information Office (MPIO) report on Oct. 21, the city has two population bases for its target. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) lists Manila’s population at 1,065,149 while according to the Department of Health (DOH), the city has a population of 1,351,487.

The MPIO report lists 1,291,016 individuals who have been fully vaccinated in Manila, representing 121.2 percent of the Comelec numbers and 95.5 of the DOH-listed population. 

In addition, 1,374,036 have received at least their first dose, or 129 percent of the Comelec target and 101.7 percent of the DOH target.


Mayor Marcy Teodoro, in a DZMM Teleradyo interview on Oct. 21, said Marikina has achieved herd immunity although the city government has not made any formal announcement about this. 

“Ang magandang makikita natin dito, dahil marami ngang nabakunahan na, meron na tayong herd immunity, four percent lamang ng active cases natin ang nasa ospital (It’s good to see that because many have been vaccinated, we have achieved herd immunity. Four percent of the active cases in our city are in the hospital),” he said. 

Teodoro said 382,000 individuals have been vaccinated in Marikina, or 78 percent of the city’s general population. 

Marikina Sports Complex (Xinhua / MANILA BULLETIN)


The Muntinlupa City government said that as of Oct. 23, 297,599 individuals have been fully vaccinated, or 77.2 percent of the target population of 385,725. 

The target population is 70 percent of Muntinlupa’s estimated total population of 551,036. 

On the other hand, 353,490 individuals have received their first dose, or 91.6 percent of the target population. 


According to the Paranaque Public Information Office as of Oct. 13, there are 441,519 fully vaccinated individuals in the city, or 83.7 percent of the target population of 521,410, while 527,480 have received their first dose, or 101.2 percent of the target. 

The city has a population of 744,872, according to the Paranaque City Health Office.


As of Oct. 24, the Makati government website listed 308,002 individuals as fully vaccinated, representing 70.5 percent of the 437,192 target population. 

In addition, 405,026 individuals were listed as having received the first dose, or 92.6 percent of the target population. 

According to the website, Makati has a total population of 624,560.


The latest vaccine report as of Oct. 23 by the Pasig Public Information Office showed 375,577 individuals have been fully vaccinated and 439,327 have received the first dose. 

Based on its target population of 421,659, Pasig has fully vaccinated 89 percent of the target and 104 percent for the first dose.


The Caloocan City government announced on Saturday, Oct. 23, that it has recorded a total of 1,644,964 individuals vaccinated against COVID-19.  

Out of the total, 739,323 were fully vaccinated while 905,641 received their first dose.

Caloocan has more than 1.7 million residents, according to the local government.


The latest COVID-19 vaccination report released by the Navotas City government on Oct. 23 showed that 308,339 individuals were inoculated against COVID-19.  

This surpassed the city’s 176,000 target population.

According to the report, 160,490 received their first dose, while 147,848 were listed as fully vaccinated.

Navotas has a total population of 247,543 based on the 2020 Census of Population from the Philippine Statistics Agency.  


As of Oct 24, the Valenzuela City government has already deployed 795,584 COVID-19 vaccines.  

The city has exceeded its 476,000 (70 percent of total population) target, where 445,791 vaccines were  administered to individuals scheduled for their first dose and 349,793 for second dose. 

The city has a population of 714,978, based on the 2020 PSA Census.


A total of 506,506 individuals were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Pasay City, according to a report dated Oct. 18.

Although the report did not show the city’s target population, there were 268,280 residents who received the first dose..

For fully vaccinated residents, the local government listed 247,176.

The 2020 PSA census shows that the city has a total population of 440,656. 


According to the latest report provided by the local government on Oct. 25, a total of 3,518,636 vaccines were administered in Quezon City. 

There were 1,694,042 out of 1,918,324 vaccinated individuals who recieved their second dose.

This is 99.65 percent of the city’s 1.7 million target of fully vaccinated residents. 

According to the local goverment, the city has  approximately 3.1 million total population.


The Malabon City government has recorded a total of 416,689 vaccines deployed on Oct. 25.

This is more than the city’s target of 280,000 inoculations (70 percent of the total population).

There were 229,124 (82 percent of the target population) who received their first dose, and 193,616 (69 percent) who are fully vaccinated.

According to the LGU, Malabon has a total population of 396,434.


The Municipality of Pateros released its last COVID-19 vaccination update in Sept. 2021.

Mayor Miguel “Ike” Ponce III said that they vaccinated 56,000 people, which is 80 percent of its 70,000 target population, which is also the estimated total population of Pateros.

The Philippine Statistics Agency’s (PSA) 2020 census shows that Pateros has 65, 227 residents. (With a report from Jonathan Hicap).