BEATING DELTA VARIANT. A nurse administers a Covid-19 vaccine to a Cebu City resident at the Ayala Center Cebu vaccination site. Cebu City health officer Dr. Jeffrey Ibones on Friday (Aug. 6, 2021) urged the city residents to help beat Covid-19 by observing minimum health protocols and by vaccination. (Photo courtesy of Cebu City Health Department)

CEBU CITY – City residents can contribute to addressing the spike of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) by observing the minimum health protocols even in their homes and get vaccinated as soon as possible, the city health officer here said on Friday.

Dr. Jeffrey Ibones, Cebu City Health Department head, said in a radio interview, that although there are no additional confirmed cases of Delta variant in this capital city, residents are still advised to be vigilant.

“In this surge of Covid-19 cases, we can surmise that it is being caused by Delta variant. It’s a possibility because the transmission is very fast,” he said, stressing that even without the Delta variant, the people must not be complacent to avoid being infected with the virus.

The Department of Health (DOH)-Region 7 bulletin said the city has now a total of 3,201 active coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases as 217 new infections were reported on Thursday, with 96 new recoveries and six additional deaths.

Ibones said the people should grab the opportunity to be inoculated now that the city has received enough vaccine doses from the national government.

DOH-7 reported that a total of 282,207 doses of vaccines have been administered to the residents in this city.

Of this number, 166,697 are for the first dose and 115,510 are second dose.

He urged residents to help the city reach its desired population protection of 70 percent before yearend through the ongoing vaccination rollout in five different sites here.

The sites are in the University of Cebu (UC) Banilad, Robinsons Galleria, SM Seaside, UC Senior High School Private Campus, New Normal Oasis for Adaptation and a Home (Noah) Complex, and in Ayala Center Cebu.
Ibones said the city is administering three brands of Covid-19 vaccines, including Pfizer, Sinovac, and Johnson & Johnson.

The city government is still waiting for another round of Sputnik V supply for the second jab of those who received this vaccine brand in their first dose. (PNA)