Zamboanga City Health Office (File photo) 

ZAMBOANGA CITY – The City Health Office here has recorded 1,795 breakthrough infections since the vaccination program against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) started in March.

Dr. Dulce Amor Miravite, city health officer, said in a virtual presser Friday night they represent some 0.4 percent of the 401,694 individuals who either received their first or second dose of Covid-19 vaccines.

Breakthrough infection is described as someone found with SARS-CoV-2 in their system 14 days after completing their single-or two-dose Covid-19 vaccine.

“These are persons who have been vaccinated partially and those who are fully vaccinated who were infected with Covid-19,” she said.

In an interview Saturday, Miravite advised the public not to be complacent even if they are fully vaccinated as everyone is still vulnerable to Covid-19 infection.

"Let us not keep our guards down. We should always be cautious by strictly complying with the health protocols,” she added.

Of those infected, 423 of the 1,795 breakthrough cases received their first dose while the remaining 1,372 are fully vaccinated.

They recorded 31 deaths among the breakthrough cases, which included 13 partially and 18 fully vaccinated.

All of those who died have other comorbidities while the rest of the patients experienced mild to moderate symptoms and are now fully recovered.

Miravite said the city recorded 16,544 recovered cases representing an 83.36 percent recovery rate as of October 22.

The city has 19,846 total confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 16,544 recoveries, 2,423 active cases, and 879 deaths. (PNA)