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Baguio achieves Covid herd immunity

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The city of Baguio initially aimed for a herd immunity target of 70 percent. As of earlier this month, 198,034 residents have gotten their vaccinations completed. With that, they’ve hit it and now they are moving towards inoculating their entire adult population of 281,000.


6,626 minors have received the jab from local medical frontliners as well. Their pediatric vaccination program kicked off last October 29 at Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center.


Local health records show that 248,983 residents have received their first dose at the very least.


The new goal for him personally, Mayor Benjamin Magalong said, is for 95 percent of the entire population to be inoculated by year-end. This includes minors that are between the ages of 12 to 17 years old.


Vaccination will help the city’s economy recover in full, Magalong added, aside from Baguio’s protection from the virus.


Based on the new alert level system, the city is currently under Alert Level 3.


Atty. Althea Rosanna Alberto, the executive assistant of Magalong, said that going beyond the initial herd immunity will help more trade restrictions to ease. This will be quite helpful to the overall economic state of the city.


Under Alert Level 3, mass transport and eateries in Baguio could be allowed to serve a higher number of customers.

Photo: Benjie Magalong


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