Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo AÃ±o said on Friday that the protection of the population obtained by the 23 cities does not amount to collective immunity.
Previously, it was reported that 23 cities had fully immunized 70% of their population or âpriority groupsâ. AÃ±o said collective immunity is based on the actual population.
âI would like to correct na hindi pa yan collective immunity kundi protection of the dahil population more than 70% of the target population (priority groups) are already vaccinated. Collective immunity is based on the real population, âhe said.
(I would like to rectify that it is not yet a question of collective immunity but of protection of the population because more than 70% of the target population [priority groups] are already vaccinated.)
The DILG chief noted that the Philippines has yet to vaccinate people in other local government units to protect everyone.
âLikewise, we need to inoculate other areas / LGUs to ensure everyone’s protection. Thus, at least in these 23 cities, protection against COVID and the safety of the people who live there are assured, âhe said.
Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the 23 cities may have achieved the desired immunization coverage. However, they have yet to achieve “absolute protection” against COVID-19.
Protection of the population different from collective immunity – AÃ±o
âIn terms of absolute protection, hindi by rin kasi can take advantage of vaccination coverage from other areas. So ibig sabihin pwede pa rin sila mahawaan, âsaid Duque.
(But in terms of absolute protection, that’s not because there are areas that can be visited by people from areas with low vaccination coverage, so they can still be infected.)
Meanwhile, Home and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said no country has achieved absolute protection against COVID-19.
âBy getting herd immunity in cities, we reduce the risk of infections in other parts of the country. When we got collective immunity in the NCR, cases across the country started to drop, âhe said.
âThe same thing is happening in the provinces when the provincial towns have obtained collective immunity. This is why it is essential that the DILG monitor the cities as they are the epicenters of infection in their regions, âadded Malaya.
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