As it races to attain herd immunity by December

The Tacloban new bus terminal at Abucay district has been converted into a vaccination center on Monday (Oct.25) as part of its bid to attain herd immuni- ty against COVID-19 before the end of the year. Photo shows City Mayor Alfred Romualdez making his inspection at the facility.

TACLOBAN CITY-The city government here is further scaling up its vaccination drive with the opening of a new vaccination center at the new bus terminal in Abucay district.
Beginning on Monday (Oct. 25), the city government will be using the said facility which could accommodate up to 2,000 people a day, Dr. Gloria Fabrigas, city health officer, said.
In a statement, Mayor Alfred Romualdez said that by opening the said facility as a vaccination center, more Taclobanons who have not yet received the vaccine against coronavirus disease (COVID-19) could be accommodated as the city government now targets the general populace as it races to attain herd immunity before the end of the year.
Last week, the city government opened up the Tacloban Convention Center or astrodome as a vaccination center which could accommodate around 6,000 people a day.
The city government has been using two shopping malls here as its main vaccination centers on top of a mobile vaccination team going around the city’s villages.
As of Sunday (Oct.24), 85,997 residents of the city have been vaccinated of which 74,646 of them are now considered as fully vaccinated.
The city targets around 185,939 for it to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19.
On Sunday, the city’s COVID-19 cases reached to 5,955 with the additional of nine new cases.
Its active cases are now at 147.
The Department of Health (DOH) in the region is also ramping up the distribution of vaccines to the local government units for Eastern Visayas to attain herd immunity by December of this year.
Last Oct.23, 27,210 doses arrived in the region from the national government which are to be distributed to the six provinces of the region.
In all, the region has now received more than 2.70 million of doses of vaccines.
As of Oct.23, 944,734 people across the region have received the jabs of which 673,961 of them administered with the second dose.
The DOH targets 3.36 million vaccinees for Eastern Visayas to reach its herd immunity.
As of Monday, the region has 50,468 COVID-19 cases of which 471 are still considered as active cases. (JOEY A. GABIETA)