In the four months since the country’s vaccination program began, only one city has jabbed 100% of its target population: San Juan City.
On July 11, Sunday, the city government administered over 96,610 first-dose shots to 78% of its total population.
Mayor Francis Zamora, emboldened by the city’s success, was confidence that San Juan—Metro Manila’s least populous locality—would “be able to achieve herd immunity by the end of August this year.”
To mark the milestone, national government officials were present at the Greenhills Shopping Center last Monday: health secretary Francisco Duque III, presidential spokesman Harry Roque, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. and trade secretary Ramon Lopez.
Despite the momentous event, the Philippines still has a long way to go from inoculating their target population of 70%. Eleven of Metro Manila’s 17 cities have yet to vaccinate half of their target populations. Quezon City and Caloocan, for instance, have populations in seven digits, unlike San Juan.
As of July 11, the country has inoculated over 9.6 million individuals with one of two doses, while over 3.4 million are fully vaccinated. Respectively, this is equivalent to only 8.9% and 3.4% of the Philippines’ total population.