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Mabalacat City records highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Central Luzon

Joann Manabat
Mabalacat City records highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in Central Luzon

VAX DRIVE. Mabalacat City vaccination drive at Barangay Mabiga October 22, 2021

Photo courtesy of Mabalacat CIO

Mayor Crisostomo Garbo is optimistic that the city would attain herd immunity by mid-November

Mabalacat City set the record for the highest vaccination rate in Central Luzon on Friday, October 22.

A total of 180,770 of the eligible population were vaccinated with their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 123,061 have received their complete doses of COVID-19 vaccine. The 70% target population for herd immunity in Mabalacat is 198,001.

The latest figures were released following the presentation of Secretary Vince Dizon, National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer and testing czar, on the latest nationwide vaccination data via Zoom together with the mayors and governors in the country.

Mabalacat Mayor Crisostomo Garbo expressed optimism that the city would attain herd immunity by mid-November. Garbo also said that the national government woud provide more vaccines to continue to ramp up the vaccination program in the city.

“This is the result of our collective efforts of the LGU, city council, CRIS program, frontliners, our barangay officials, and constituents in ensuring that we follow the guidelines set by our city government to speed up our vaccination program,” said Garbo.

“And since the national government has learned about the effectiveness and ramping up of our vaccination program, they have pledged to supply us additional vaccines for our city,” he added.

COVID-19 cases in Mabalacat, at 1% daily active rate, are on a downward trend since it ramped-up its vaccination drive.

As of October 22, the city logged a total of 7,120 confirmed cases with 70 active cases, 6,833 total recoveries, and 217 deaths. – Rappler.com