ZAMBOANGA CITY (MindaNews / 25 Nov) – The number of COVID-19 cases here is going down as more people are getting vaccinated, according to City Health Officer Dulce Ann Miravite.
The City Health Office (CHO) reported that as of Wednesday, Zamboanga now has only 586 active cases, 24 of which are new. Only on Sept. 30, the city had 1,885 active cases, 193 of which were new.
The CHO said that 260,266 residents are now fully vaccinated, or 37 percent of the target 694,696 Zamboangueños.
It said that with 410,940 individuals having been inoculated with the first dose, the total target will be met in a month’s time.
The CHO said that of the fully vaccinated, 17,085 are frontline health workers, 31,836 senior citizens, 55,023 individuals with comorbidity, 82,931 frontline personnel in the essential sector, 49,628 from the indigent population, 7,587 from among the rest of the population, 5 pediatric cases (aged 12 to 17 years old) with comorbidity, and 307 with no comorbidity. Added to this are 15,864 inoculated individuals with the single-dose Janssen, for a total of 260,266.
The city government has been relentless in its vaccination program as it opens more vaccination centers.
As of Thursday, three venues have been opened: Zamboanga City Integrated Bus Terminal, which caters to the public for the vaccination and for local travelers; Centro Latino in Paseo del Mar; and Southway Square in Downtown Zamboanga.
Twenty-seven more vaccination centers will be opened on November 25, the CHO said.
At the regional level, the Department of Health in Zamboanga Peninsula reported that as of Nov. 21, Zamboanga City has the highest number of active cases at 609, followed by Zamboanga del Norte with 480 active cases, Zamboanga del Sur with 163, Isabela City with 121, and Zamboanga Sibugay with 59. (Frencie Carreon / MindaNews)