Quezon City hall (PNA file photo)

MANILA – The Quezon City government advised residents who remain unvaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) to do so as soon as possible amid the rise in new cases.

Dr. Malu Eleria of the QC Task Force Vax to Normal reiterated vaccines are the best protection against the dreaded disease.

She specifically called on those already eligible for booster shots to avail of the jabs as turnout is still low.

“To all QCitizens, we encourage all adults na nabakunahan ng (who have been vaccinated with) two doses to get their booster shots as well as those who were vaccinated with first booster to get the second booster. Both are four months apart from the last shot. We must not be complacent because immunity goes down for some time,” she said in a text message.

Based on data as of Saturday, the city government has vaccinated 887,630 with the first booster shot and 47,538 with the second shot.

Currently, only health care workers, senior citizens, and immunocompromised adults are eligible for second booster shots.

A total of 2,475,433 are fully vaccinated in the city.

On Saturday, the city government raised its Covid-19 early warning level to “yellow” status after it recorded an average of 26 cases per day the past week while the average positivity rate doubled to 3.10 percent from 1.50 percent from May 27 to June 2.

However, the city government clarified that QC remains at low risk and the “yellow” status is only a call for heightened monitoring when cases are seen increasing compared to the previous week and when three of four indicators have increased from normal to above normal. There is also a possibility of a surge within the next 14 days.

As of June 11, the city government has 188 active Covid-19 cases, up from 123 on June 4. (PNA)