Metro Cebu views herd immunity by October
CEBU CITY, Cebu, Philippines — Metro Cebu may achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by the end of October this year, or a month ahead of the earlier target.
According to Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, chief pathologist of the Department of Health (DOH) in Central Visayas, the highly populated Metro Cebu already has a “high vaccination coverage ratio,” which means a huge number of eligible people have already been vaccinated.
“If the vaccination program continues and more people present themselves for vaccination, then we might be able to finish this in October”, she added.
Herd immunity happens when a large part of the population in an area is immune to a specific disease. Dr. Loreche stated that to achieve this, 70 percent of the eligible population must be vaccinated. As of Sept. 2, at least 44.06 percent of the eligible population in Metro Cebu have received the first dose while 27.67 percent were fully vaccinated.
Based on data from the Cebu-based Vaccination Operations Center (VOC), Metro Cebu targets at least 120,000 vaccinations per week.
For the entire Cebu Island, 1.47 million doses have been administered, with 585,150 of the population having completed their second dose, said Loreche.