FULLY JABBED. A Baguio City resident avails of the drive-thru vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 in this undated photo. The Department of Health in the Cordillera Administrative Region said that as of July 4, 2022, a total of 1,210,617 residents in the region's six provinces and Baguio City have received a full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. (PNA file photo)
BAGUIO CITY – A total of 1,210,617 residents here and in the six provinces of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

Based on the July 4 data from the regional Covid-19 vaccination operations cluster of the Department of Health (DOH)-CAR, the figure represents 81.70 percent of the 1,481,793 eligible population in the region.

Baguio City remains a top-notch performer with a 109.70 percent vaccination rate, exceeding the 305,448 target eligible population with 335,067 already fully vaccinated.

Abra is second highest with a 102.21 percent accomplishment rate or 205,696 vaccinated, above the 201,244 target population; Apayao with 83.61 percent; Kalinga with 82.67 percent; and Mountain Province with 75 percent.

Benguet which has the biggest target population of 394,649 has given the full-dose vaccine to 247,567 or 62.73 percent.

Ifugao remains at the bottom with a 54.35-percent accomplishment rate out of its 172,134 target population.

DOH-CAR officer-in-charge Amelita Pangilinan in an earlier interview said they have provided personnel augmentation to Benguet and Ifugao to help in convincing residents still refusing to get vaccinated.

She said personnel from the local government units have already been visiting households to identify those who have not yet been vaccinated and convince them to get jabbed by providing them with science-based information.

“Umiikot tayo, pumupunta at lumalakad ang personnel ng gobyerno para marating kahit malalayong residents para ma explain at mabakunahan sila (we go around. Government personnel walk despite the distance to reach residents and be able to explain to them and eventually vaccinate them),” said Pangilinan.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong of Baguio City earlier said that while Covid-19 cases in the country's summer capital are on an uptick, the rate of increase is very gradual compared to when the Delta variant struck the city many months back.

The mayor also expressed confidence that the possibility of the city retaining its Alert Level 1 status is high considering the safeguards in place.

Magalong attributed the low number of cases to the city's high vaccination rate, with many senior citizens, immuno-compromised individuals, and health workers now getting their second booster shots.

This is aside from the high compliance of residents with health protocols, preventing the possible spread of the virus.

As of July 4, the city has recorded 98 active Covid-19 cases with the addition of eight new cases logged on the same day. (PNA)