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Manila achieves 86.7% vaccination rate of seniors

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Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan said at least 86.7 percent of the elderlies in the city are now considered fully inoculated after receiving two doses of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine, according to a report by Philippine News Agency.

During the Pinaslakas vaccination event held at the SM Manila on Wednesday, Lacuna-Pangan reiterated her stand that vaccination is the solution to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Tayo mismo ay nagbabahay bahay din para bakunahan ang ating mga senior citizens lalo na ang mga bedridden. Dito sa aming lungsod ay 86.7 percent na ng mga seniors ang nakatanggap na ng full dose, samantalang mahigit 50 percent na ng kabuuang target population ang nakatanggap ng first booster (We ourselves conduct home vaccination for our senior citizens, especially the bedridden. Here in our city, 86.7 percent of seniors have already received the full dose, while more than 50 percent of the total target population has received the first booster),” Lacuna-Pangan said.

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She also assured that the city remains committed to working with the national government to vaccinate as many citizens against the dreaded Covid-19.

K R de Asis of the Manila Public Information Office said 86.7 percent accounts for a total of 138,332 elderlies in the city, out of the target number of around 160,000 who have completed their second dose of the Covid-19 jabs.

Data from the Manila Health Department shows that as of 5 p.m. on  Aug. 16, the city government has already administered a total of 3,505,030 Covid-19 vaccine doses.

Of the number, at least 1,818,763 received their first dose while 1,732,237 got their full dose, which includes the single-dose Janssen vaccine.

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The city has also administered 627,857 doses of the first booster shot and 66,864 second booster doses. 

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