The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has reported that at least 76 percent of the National Capital Region’s senior citizens are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, those who have gotten at least their first dose are now at 89 percent.
While the infection rate is rising at alarming rates, Abalos emphasized that vaccination is still vital for transmission to be prevented. This is especially in the face of the more contagious variant, Delta. According to Abalos, the government’s vaccination program is struggling due to a lack of inoculators.
“That’s the problem we are facing. Because of the surge in COVID cases, communities need more health personnel for isolation and triaging,” he said. “More health workers are also needed in hospitals.”
Last week, reports emerged that six local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila have fully vaccinated over half of their target population.
All 17 LGUs have already been able to innoculate at least half of their target populations with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccines. First-dose jabs are already at over 100% for Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan.
According to data as of August 9, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Navotas, Pateros, and San Juan have hit the all-important milestone of fully vaccinating half their target population. San Juan leads the list, having already hit over 100% of their target population rate. Navotas, Pateros, and San Juan have a population of less than 300,000 people.
Marikina is at 82.8%, Mandaluyong 68.4%, Navotas 57.2%, and Pateros 55.7%. All six LGUs now have “population protection”. At present, Las Piñas is close to catching up to the half way mark. The city’s target population vaccination rate is currently at 48%.
It should be noted that LGUSs depend on vaccine supply from the national government. Also, the target populations vary a bit. Most use the 70% to 80% range, while Marikina, Pasig, and Quezon City specify 70% to 80% of their eligible adult population.