Delta wants more Pampanga residents to be vaxxed
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Provincial Health Office has recorded less than 200 cases in Pampanga daily in the first two weeks of October, from a little over 400 cases daily in the August-September period, according to PHO chief Dr. Zenon Ponce.
“Dumarami na kasi sa atin ang bakunado kaya nakikita natin itong downtrend sa probinsya. Marami na rin ang well-informed at hindi na masyado lumalabas or kung lalabas man ay sumusunod sila sa mga health protocols upang maka-iwas sa infection,’’ he explained.
With this, Pampanga Gov. Dennis “Delta” Pineda has ordered the PHO to vaccinate more eligible residents against COVID-19 to be able to help reduce further the number of infections in the province.
A total of 612,137 doses or 30 percent of target groups in 19 towns have been vaccinated as of Oct.11, with at least 281,586 people completing two shots and 330,551 others taking the first shot, Dr. Ponce said in a report to the governor on Monday.
Dr. Ponce said the data does not include those from the cities of San Fernando, Angeles and Mabalacat.
“The vaccination in Pampanga has been orderly and within schedule. The vaccines are properly stored and secured in our cold chain storage. We immediately roll out the vaccines as soon as these are delivered because I know that vaccines are life-savers,” the governor said.
The vaccines administered by the PHO together with the municipal health offices and rural health units of different local government units to frontliners, senior citizens, people with comorbidities and essential workers were donated by the national government or purchased by the provincial government, he said.
“Inaasahan natin na magtuloy-tuloy na ito hanggang December, and hopefully by then we will achieve herd immunity of 70 percent of Pampanga residents fully vaccinated,” he said.
As of Oct. 11, Pampanga has 91 new cases of COVID-19 infections, 3,701 active cases, 40,397 recoveries and 2,413 deaths.