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Magalong attributes Baguio’s strong vaccination attendance to government help.

The local government has expressed gratitude to the national government for its support in its vaccination program, which has seen a high level of participation among its residents.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong expressed gratitude to the National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 and the Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region for their strong support of the vaccination campaign and pandemic response efforts in an interview Monday following the flag-raising ceremony.

According to Magalong, 89 percent of the target group of 281,000 adults have gotten at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of November 6.

According to the 2020 Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) census, the city has a population of 366,000 people, with roughly 19 percent of them being under the age of 17.

Last October 29, the city began vaccinating minors aged 12 to 17 years old, with an average of 800 pediatric clients every day. Approximately 11,000 minors had gotten their first dose as of the weekend.

Magalong said he sought 10,000 doses of vaccines but was promised 27,000 doses of Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, which are made in the United States and can be used to vaccinate children.

According to Magalong, the city has also expanded the vaccination program to include both minors and adults from neighboring parts of Benguet.

Taking care of the Delta variation

Magalong, who is also the city’s contact tracing czar, claimed that good contact tracing had allowed the city to effectively manage the highly transmissible and prevalent Delta variety.

According to him, the city maintained a 1:15 tracing ratio, or 250 tests every day on average.

“There were days when 1,000 swab samples for RT-PCR (reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction) tests needed to be processed to ensure that we would be able to isolate the carriers and prevent the virus from spreading further,” he stated. “We were able to manage the Delta variation in less than two months, compared to the three months it took other municipal governments to deal with the surge.”

Carlito Galvez Jr., NTF chief implementer, and vaccine czar, praised the local authorities for the immunization success during his visit to the city last week.

“In Baguio, nakaalis ng pagod na makita na walang vaccination reluctance. It’s reassuring to observe that there is no vaccine apprehension in Baguio; even minors get the immunization without hesitation “Galvez remarked.

Galvez came to town to do a ceremonial vaccination of minors.

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