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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – At least 3.6 percent of the city’s population were vaccinated against the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) as of June 22, 2021, City Health Officer Dr. Henrietta Linden S. Bagayao said.
She reported that out of the city’s 115,261 population, some 4,241 individuals have already been inoculated against the COVID-19 virus.
According to Dr. Bagayao, 1,146 or 69% out of the targeted 1,623 healthcare frontliners or those under the A1 priority category have received a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
A1 category refers to public and private health workers, medical students or interns, and members of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs).
Meanwhile, 1,146 or 14.4% of the targeted 7,746 senior citizens who are part of the A2 category have been vaccinated, and 1,904 or 86% of the targeted 2,200 individuals under the A3 category (persons with-comorbidities) have been vaccinated.
Dr. Bagayao said masterlisting is now underway for the A4 category which covers to private and government workers, while 28,669 individuals have been masterlisted under the A5 category which covers the indigent population.
The official said Tabuk City have only been allocated the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines so far.
She urged eligible residents to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available regardless of brand name to protect themselves against the virus and to help the government achieve herd immunity. “Whatever bakuna iti sumangpet, it is still the best bakuna,” Bagayao reminded.
She also reiterated that the COVID-19 vaccine is free and urged the public to report to authorities individuals who are offering the vaccine at a price. By Leebron Jose Diasen