Baguio mayor renews call to get vax as daily cases reach 300

The city government reiterated its call for unvaccinated individuals to avail of jabs against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to protect themselves from severe infection.

“Magpabakuna po tayo para maprotektahan tayo laban sa Covid. Magpabakuna na ang hindi pa nabakunahan at ang mga naka-schedule for the second dose, wag po natin kalimutan ang schedule (Let us be vaccinated to get protection against Covid. Those who are not yet vaccinated, please get vaccinated and those scheduled for the second dose, please don’t forget your schedules),” Mayor Benjamin Magalong said in a media interview Monday.

Magalong’s call came as the city recorded 310 new infections, the highest so far for this year, bringing the number of active cases to 927.

The figure breached the projection of 250 to 280 cases per day by mid-January, based on the statistical analysis of the University of the Philippines Baguio Department of Mathematics and Computer Science (UP-DMCS) and the City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU).

CESU head, Dr. Donnabel Tubera-Panes, in a briefing last week, said the projection might change the current situation.

She said they are looking at the possible repeat of cases experienced last year with the Delta variant, where many unvaccinated individuals who contracted the disease developed severe symptoms and died of the virus.

“We might be expecting a big number of cases but what we would like to see fewer people having severe symptoms and being hospitalized with the success of our vaccination program and the sustained control measures set in place by the city,” she added.

Based on the latest consolidated vaccination data obtained from the city health office, the city has given full doses to 92.15 percent of the 281,000 eligible adult population and 27,557 full doses to the eligible pediatric population aged 12 to 17.

There are also 33,219 who have received their booster shots.

Source: Philippines News Agency

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