Oro targets 8K to 10K jabs daily to reach herd immunity this year

By : Mindanao Today/09:15:36pm 09/06/2021


A police officer holds up a sign indicating that only residents who are on essential business are allowed to go outside. (Photo courtesy of Aicy Soriano)

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – With 40,000 vaccines scheduled to be delivered to Cagayan de Oro City in the next few days and more than 300,000 residents vaccinated so far, Mayor Oscar Moreno said they hope to target herd immunity for the city by the first half of October or November this year.

‘(Not only are we actively recruiting more doctors, nurses and medical staff) we are also tapping more people to handle the administrative side of operations so that our current number of doctors, nurses and medical staff can focus on the medical side/technical side of the vaccination. We need to level up especially since we still lack enough personnel for our vaccination sites,’ Mayor Moreno said during a recent City Hall press briefing.

To achieve herd or community immunity within the year, Moreno said they need to conduct 8,000 to 10,000 vaccinations daily to reach the 518,518 target number of residents.

As of Sept. 2, City Hall vaccinated 304,603 residents with 100,169 residents completing their second dose.

Moreno thanked the city’s public and private hospitals for vaccinating 74,492 residents and workers in the city, of whom 26,841 already completed their second dose.

Aside from the city’s share of vaccines from the national government, he said City Hall will finalize negotiations to purchase the Novavax vaccines.

“(Hopefully) by October because there’s still no advice from the supplier. We’re still waiting for the emergency use authorization (EUA). Once it’s issued the ball will start rolling. The (manufacturer is American-Indian) and the supplier is Unilab,” Moreno said.

The “mega-vaccination sites” managed by the City Health Office in SM Downtown Premier and SM Cagayan de Oro Uptown area and Limketkai Mall were augmented by the Bulua National High School and Cugman National High School vaccination sites in Barangays Bulua and Cugman, respectively.

The Department of Health-10 regional office also operates an additional vaccination site in Ayala Centrio Mall run by the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC). (Stephen Capillas | CIO)

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