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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Tinglayan Mayor optimistic about attaining herd immunity despite slow Covid-19 jab roll out

Updated: Jun 16, 2021

Tinglayan, Kalinga – Tinglayan Mayor Sacrament Gumilab remains optimistic that the municipality will attain herd immunity despite the slow vaccination roll out in the municipality, saying he is hopeful the plans of the national government for more vaccines shall solve the problem.

Tinglayan has immunized about 225 individuals or just 2.36 % of the target 9,500 individuals that comprise the 70% - the total number needed assumed to enable a community to achieve herd immunity.

The World Health Organization defines herd immunity as an "indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune through vaccination or through previous infection."

According to Tingalayan data, of the 225 individuals who got the jabs, 32.44 % completed their two doses. Among those who completed the vaccination are 43 health personnel (A1), 5 persons with comorbidities or under the A3 priority list and 25 are LGU personnel who are under the Quick Substitution List (QSL).

Meantime, the 130 individuals who took the first dose of AstraZeneca include 24 health workers, 86 senior citizens (A2), and 20 who are part of the A3 lists. They are scheduled to get their second dose starting July 27 to August 2, 2021.

This week, the Municipal Health Office of Tinglayan will be inoculating 97 recipients of the Sinovac vaccine under A1, A2 and A3 categories.

Mayor Gumilab said that the local government is working hard to persuade the locals to get immunized. He said he is positive that Tinglayan will be able to vaccinate 70 percent target of Tinglayan’s population to attain herd immunity from the Covid-19 virus but the completion will depend on the availability of vaccines.

“Haan ko nga maibaga exact date na kasi base on the pace of vaccination nga tig-bassit mabakunaan ket baka mabayag a ma-reach tayo ti target a 70 percent, but we will see [ta] baka agbaliw tiyempo ket mapaspasan tayu,” he said.



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