MMDA chair says 6.2 million Metro Manila residents fully vaccinated

MMDA chair says 6.2 million Metro Manila residents fully vaccinated
Residents in a compound in Brgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City which was placed under special concern lockdown due to COVID-19 cases receive food aid on Sept. 15, 2021.
The STAR / Michael Varcas

MANILA, Philippines — Metropolitan Manila Development Chairman Benhur Abalos said 6.2 million or around 63% of the eligible population to receive vaccines in the National Capital Region have completed their doses against COVID-19.

In an interview with TeleRadyo, Abalos said Metro Manila has 14 million residents and around 9.8 million of them are eligible to receive vaccines. Of these, more than 6.2 million are now fully vaccinated, while around 86% are waiting for their second jabs.

The other 30% are those who are 17 years old and below, and are yet to be approved to be inoculated with jabs with COVID-19.

Abalos said they are looking to having 80% of eligible Metro Manila residents to be fully vaccinated by October

“If we’re looking at one month from now, it could be 79 to 80 percent of the entire Metro Manila,” he said partly in Filipino.

Metro Manila, which is on Alert Level 4 in a five-tiered system, on Friday enters its second day of the two-week pilot implementation of granular lockdowns of identified areas.

Under the new system, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases empowered mayors to restrict movements in identified individual houses, residential buildings, streets, blocks, puroks, subdivisions and/or villages within their jurisdiction.

The MMDA chair appealed to residents to extend understanding when their areas are placed in lockdowns.

“Please, don’t be angry with your mayors. We are really strict in implementing this. This is for all of us,” Abalos said in Filipino.

He also maintained that there will be no prior announcements before an area is placed in lockdown to avoid further spread of the coronavirus. “If we announce that there will be a lockdown, residents will really leave the area, and [the coronavirus] will spread,” he added.

Health authorities on Thursday logged 21,621 new COVID-19 infections, pushing national viral caseload to 2,304,912. Of these, 177,946 are deemed as active cases.

Latest data from the National COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard shows that as of September 16, 17,977,462 Filipinos have completed their COVID-19 vaccines, while 22,541,383 are waiting for their second jabs. — Kristine Joy Patag

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: October 19, 2021 - 10:05am

Follow this thread for updates on COVID-19 risk levels, safety measures, and data from Metro Manila's local government units.

Photo: The STAR/Michael Varcas

October 19, 2021 - 10:05am

The reproduction number of COVID-19 cases in Metro Manila decreased to 0.55 as of October 18, OCTA Research fellow Guido David says.

This is is the lowest since May 18 when it was at 0.56.

"The 7-day average is now 1411. We hope we can keep Rt below 0.6 the rest of the year," David says in a tweet.

October 13, 2021 - 5:26pm

The government's pandemic task force has approved putting the National Capital Region under Alert Level 3 from October 16 until the end of the month, the Palace says.

September 27, 2021 - 12:24pm

DOH epidemiology bureau director Alethea de Guzman says Metro Manila is showing a sudden downtrend trend of COVID-19 cases.

Reported coronavirus cases decreased by 16% compared to the week prior, DOH says.

De Guzman, however, says the DOH is cautious about interpreting the decline in COVID-19 cases and cites lower laboratory testing output. — report from Alexis Romero

September 14, 2021 - 10:16am

Metro Manila will be placed under general community quarantine with alert level 4 starting September 16, according Interior Secretary Eduardo Año.

Under alert level 4, alfresco dine-in is allowed up to 30% capacity while indoor dine-in is allowed up to 10% capacity but for fully vaccinated customers only.

Personal care services and religious gatherings will be allowed up to 30% capacity if outdoor and 10% capacity for indoor but for fully vaccinated only.

September 9, 2021 - 12:55pm

A total of 122 individuals, including 99 children, at the Gentlehands Orphanage in Quezon City tested positive with COVID-19.

Following this development, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte called on the management of workplaces to strictly implement minimum public health protocols amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Dapat maging mahigpit ang ating persons in authority sa pagpapatupad nito para maiwasan natin ang pagkalat ng virus," Belmonte says in a statement.

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