DOH Speaks on Herd Immunity Target of PH Vs. COVID-19
DOH – The Department of Health admitted that the Philippines may not achieve a COVID-19 herd immunity this year.
The biggest move in the fight against COVID-19 is the pursuit to achieve a herd immunity against this coronavirus disease. It will be achieved by vaccinating a huge part of the populace.
In the Philippines, vaccination is currently ongoing. Many healthcare workers, senior citizens, and those who have comorbidities have already received their 1st shot of the COVID-19. There are several brands of vaccine that arrived in the country – Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac.
The healthcare workers who are considered as the frontliners in the fight against COVID-19, the senior citizens, and those who have comorbidities belong in the A1-A3 categories of the vaccination ladder.
The national government targets to start the vaccination of those belonging in the A4 and A5 categories by June. The target recipients are the essential workers and the poor Filipinos.
However, according to the Department of Health ‘(DOH), the COVID-19 herd immunity may not be achieved by the Philippines this year. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the health department stressed the problem in the supplies.
According to Health Undersecretary Myrna Cabotaje, the delay in the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccines may greatly affect the target of achieving the COVID-19 herd immunity. Based on the report, she also stressed that PH has an agreement with India over the vaccines but the latter is currently faced on a huge challenge following a surge in their cases and deaths.
The DOH Undersecretary stressed that the Health Department is currently focusing on the vaccination of those who are in the NCR Plus. The Metro Manila and the nearby provinces -Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, and Laguna, are considered as the epicenter of the spread of COVID-19.
The daily records of the new cases have decreased. The authorities continue to urge the people to observe the proper health protocols and to stay at home as much as possible.
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