Tabuk’s COVID-19 cases on downtrend; third nat’l vax drive set 

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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Tabuk has been downgraded to moderate epidemic risk level for COVID-19 as the number of cases continue to decrease.

The City Health Services Office (CHSO) reported that as of February 6, active cases have gone down to 286, a sharp decline from the more than 800 active cases logged on January 29.

The CHSO reported that 43 patients are currently isolated at the Temporary Treatment and Monitoring Facility in Agbannawag, 67 are admitted at the Kalinga Provincial Hospital, 58 are hospitalized in local private hospitals, one is admitted in Luis Hora Memorial Regional Hospital, one is isolated in Banneng barangay isolation unit, three are in hospitals and isolation facilities outside of the city, and 107 are in home isolation.

The city logged seven cases of the Omicron variant on February 2, all of whom have been isolated. Contact tracing has been done, the CHSO reported. 

City Immunization Program Coordinator Jandel Taguiam announced the third iteration of the national vaccination drive has been set on February 10-11, 2022.

Taguiam said if vaccine supplies arrive, the city will also rollout COVID-19 vaccination for children aged five to eleven years old. He said they are targeting to vaccinate 17,735 children in the age bracket to increase the city’s vaccine coverage to 95 percent.

The Pfizer vaccine will reportedly be used as it is the only brand that was granted emergency approval for children aged five to eleven years old by the Food and Drug and Administration. 

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