Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro recently announced that with an ample Covid19 vaccine supply, herd immunity for residents is just a stone’s throw away.
With an abundance of fully staffed inoculation centers, including the Marikina City Mega Vaccination Facility established in the Marikina Sports Complex back in February, the only things are doses, Teodoro remarked.
“Meron kaming facility. Meron na kaming mga doctor. May manning kami, but we need the supply of vaccines. Kung 10,000 [vaccinations] a day kami, siguro mga 21 days lang may herd immunity na kami,” the mayor stated in a recent televised interview.
The necessary 10,000 jabs daily would be handled by the sheer size of the sports complex vaccine facility, allowing 210,000 residents to be inoculated over the span of 21 days, nearing the 70% (290,000) population requirement for herd immunity.
Vaccinations in the city had already moved on to the A4 essential worker category but ceased operation due to their depleted supply.
Once herd immunity has been achieved, the mayor said that the city would return to normal, and the sports complex would be repurposed for other activities, with an external area kept in reserve for those who have not yet been jabbed.
Meanwhile, the country continues to move at a staggering rate towards nationwide herd immunity, with only around 4.66% of the total population vaccinated with the initial dose and 1.73% fully inoculated, as of June 14.
A far cry from the targeted 70% of Filipinos within the year.
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