ZC registers 33% 1st booster vax rate; 3% for 2nd booster

A total of 204,459 individuals or 33% of the target eligible population in Zamboanga City have received their first COVID-19 booster dose, according to the City Health Office vaccination report as of September 3, 2022.

Only 17,594 or 3% of those who received the first booster have submitted themselves for the second booster dose. Second booster is open only for the immunocompromised, A1, A2 priority groups, individuals 50 years old and above and adults 18 to 49 years old with comorbidities.

As this developed, Mayor John Dalipe calls on residents to prioritize getting booster shots to achieve an added layer of protection against COVID-19 which remains ever-present.

The mayor has incentivized booster doses through the grant of free 5 kilos rice for those who avail of the booster dose at the vaccination site at the Night Market along Rizal Street.

Dalipe stressed that getting vaccinated (with the primary doses) and boostered will ensure protection not only for one’s self but for the family and the community.

Meanwhile, the CHO vaccination report as of September 3, 2022 showed that a total of 1,604,374 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered since the start of the vaccination rollout in March 2021.

Of the total doses administered, 696,168 were first primary dose while 686,153 were second primary dose.

Following the Department of Health set target population of 627,340, Zamboanga City has achieved 111% first dose vaccination and 109% second dose vaccination and considered as fully vaccinated.

Records also show that 95% or 60,805 of the senior citizen population have received their first dose and 55,056 or 86% of them have received their second primary dose.

On the other hand, 64,721 children belonging to the 5-11 years old category have received their first dose of vaccines while 66,083 of them have been inoculated with the second dose and are now considered fully vaccinated. For the 12 to 17 years old category, 97,411 received their first primary dose while 95,807 received their second primary dose, of which 9,918 were inoculated with the first booster dose as of September 3. (Sheila Covarrubias)