Complete vaccination of the city’s eligible population of 281,000 may take three to ten weeks more, or up to the end of this year.
As of October 28, 245,435 or 87.34% had their first dose, with 187,842 or 66.84% fully vaccinated, of the city’s 281,000 eligible population, said Dr. Rowena Galpo, chief of the Baguio Health Services Office.
Thus for the next three weeks 13,800 need to be vaccinated weekly for first dose, while for full immunization, 2,244 should be vaccinated weekly for 10 weeks.
A realization of said numbers would mean complete immunization of 95% from 366,000, the city’s census-based population.
According to Dr. Galpo, strategies have been drawn to have more individuals immunized such as increasing the number of fixed vaccine sites; along Session road, at Peoples and Igorot Park, as with moping up operations in the barangays and workplace establishments. Vaccination sites need to be within reach of the working populace, thus the sites moved at open spaces within the central business district, it was known.
It was proposed that those who finished home and medical facility-based isolation should be vaccinated upon discharge before the issuance of certification of isolation completion.
There was also a proposal for a business establishment to be issued a safety seal, if all employees are fully vaccinated. As of now, a safety seal is issued to a business area if inspection shows that the minimum public health standards are followed.