Twenty-three highly urbanized cities now have herd immunity against COVID-19, according to Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.
Año reported this during an airing of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Talk to the People, explaining that herd immunity areas are the ones with 70 percent of their target population immunized.
“Out of our highly urbanized cities, 23 cities have hit a 70 percent and up rate of fully vaccinated [residents],” he said.
“This means they have achieved herd immunity amongst their target population.”
The cities that have achieved herd immunity are: Angeles City, Baguio City, Caloocan City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Lapu-lapu City, Las Piñas City, Makati City, Malabon City, Mandaluyong City, Mandaue City, Manila City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Navotas City, Parañaque City, Pasay City, Pasig City, Pateros City, Quezon City, San Juan City, Taguig City, Valenzuela City.
A total of 38,699,023 individuals across the Philippines are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of December 6, official data from the Department of Health shows.
Año says the government is looking to boost second dose jabs during the second national vaccination program, which has been set from December 15 to 17.