By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Sorsogon Gov. Chiz Escudero has expressed confidence that the province will be able to achieve herd immunity by the end of 2021 when it is expected to vaccinate almost 85 percent of the target population, over and above what was prescribed by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on COVID-19.
“Marami kaming nabigyan ng first dose noong National Vaccination Days na inaasahan naming mabibigyan ng second dose bago matapos ang taon kung kaya’t mararating namin ang mahigit kumulang na 84.7 percent fully vaccinated rate para sa populasyon ng aming lalawigan na may edad 12 pataas,” said Escudero, who is also running for a fresh term at the Senate.
Initial data from the Sorsogon Provincial Information Office showed that in the first day of the five-day Bayanihan, Bakunahan National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 3, a total of 29,141 individuals received their first jab. The total number was 2,343 higher than the DOH-imposed target.
The veteran lawmaker shared the national government appeared to have softened on its earlier directive to the local government units to expedite the vaccination rollout or face sanctions, owing to the sometimes incomplete shipment of vaccines like missing syringes.
But as of the moment, Escudero said, the province is already on its way to hitting the herd immunity, with the arrival of more vaccines to the province since October from 20,000 doses to as much as 40,000 vaccines a day. (ai/mtvn)