Zamboanga City registers shortfall in vaccination target

Published December 1, 2021, 3:43 PM

by Liza Abubakar-Jocson

Despite throngs of people who trooped to the vaccination sites on Monday, November 29, Zamboanga City health records registered a shortfall in the number of residents targeted for the Bayanihan Bakunahan activity.

Based on City Health Office (CHO) records, some 33,000 people went to vaccination centers to have themselves inoculated against COVID-19, a number some 5,000 less than the Department of Health target of 38,992.

The DOH is targeting the vaccination of 116,976 people in three days in Zamboanga City.

A total of 57 vaccination centers were designated by the Department of Health and the local government of Zamboanga to accommodate the crowds who went to the vaccination sites. The number is also less than the 87 initially planned for the event.

In an interview, City Health Officer Dr. Dulce Miravite attributed the shortfall to the failure of some vaccination sites such as hospitals to accommodate a large number of people in their area.

Health personnel and frontliners worked until 11pm to inoculate hundreds of people who lined up for inoculation last Monday.

A shortage in Pfizer vaccine syringes has forced the national government to lower the number of target vaccinees from 15 million to 9 million.

Despite this, the government has not lowered the number of target vaccinees for Zamboanga City.