Metro Manila has beefed up efforts to accomplish the herculean task of administering 250,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses daily, in a bid to maximize the two-week enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) brought about by the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant.
The mayors of the National Capital Region (NCR) aimed at raising the urban hub’s vaccination coverage to 45% by the end of the hard lockdown on August 20, just 5% short of the government’s so-called “population protection” target.
Rappler collected vaccination numbers from Metro Manila’s 16 cities and one municipality from August 9 to 13. The figures offer a glimmer of hope about the status of the region’s coronavirus immunization drive.
5 cities, Pateros reach ‘population protection’ target
The cities of San Juan, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Manila, and Navotas, as well as the town of Pateros, have administered two COVID-19 doses to more than half of their target populations, achieving the so-called “population protection.”
Three of these – Pateros, San Juan, and Navotas – are the only localities in the metropolis with a population of less than 300,000 people. San Juan, in particular, has fully vaccinated 100% of its target population against the coronavirus.
Las Piñas is also close to the halfway mark, having vaccinated over 48% of its target population.
It is important to note that LGUs have different ways of setting their target populations. For many, it is 70% of the entire population; for Pateros, 80% of the total population; for Marikina and Pasig, 70% of the eligible adult population; for Quezon City, 80% of the eligible adult population.
Rappler acknowledges these varying ways in which LGUs set their targets, so we, in our tracker page, also made a table that shows how many have been vaccinated per 100 people in a locality. Other outlets like Our World in Data also use the likes of the per-100-people measurement, so that areas with different populations can be fairly compared with each other. Check our tracker here.
All LGUs halfway through first-dose inoculation goal
In terms of status of first-dose vaccinations, all 17 LGUs have reached the halfway mark. The same six localities that have reached the “population protection” target still top the list. San Juan, Marikina, and Mandaluyong, in particular, have administered first-dose jabs to over 100% of their target populations.
Quezon City, Las Piñas, and Taguig have administered one dose to at least seven in every 10 of their target people. Parañaque, Pasay, and Pasig have vaccinated at least 60% of their target populations.
2 cities surpass 100% of first-dose target for senior citizens
Out of the 17 LGUs in Metro Manila, 10 had available vaccination numbers for senior citizens and targets provided to Rappler.
Mandaluyong and Pasig, so far, have administered at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot to 100% of their target elderly populations. Las Piñas and Pasay are also nearing completion.
The same four LGUs also lead in terms of full-dose vaccinations, with Pasig registering a 96% inoculation coverage among the elderly.
The Department of Health and the World Health Organization have reiterated calls for LGUs to ramp up vaccination of senior citizens, as they have an increased risk of severe illness and death amid the threat of the highly infectious Delta variant.
Multiple factors affecting vaccination pace
Time and again, Rappler has pointed out that several nuances affect local governments’ vaccination drive. An explainer piece we published in July takes note of these factors, as cited by LGUs which had less impressive inoculation numbers at the time.
These include vaccine hesitancy, brand preferences, prioritizing the quality of service, and problems that arise from having bigger populations. Makati Mayor Abby Binay, in the second week of August, also said that there was an undersupply and oversupply of vaccines in her city, “depending on which category a resident belongs.”
Local governments are also still dependent on the often unstable vaccine supply from the national government, because most of the vaccine orders that LGUs made have yet to arrive in the Philippines.
To achieve the capital region’s “population protection” target, the national government heeded Metro Manila mayors’ request to allocate four million doses to NCR, which the local chief executives promised to exhaust by the end of the hard lockdown on August 20. – charts by Michael Bueza/Rappler.com