A mobile vaccination team has been deployed by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, Chairperson of the City Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, to the barangays and communities to conduct a house-to-house COVID-19 vaccination for those eligible and interested residents particularly the elderly and the PWDs.
City Health Officer Dr. Maria Sarah B. Talla said that while the immunization for children (5-11 years-old) at Robinson Place Dumaguete and for adults and pediatrics (12-17 years-old) at Foundation University Gymnasium continues, a separate mobile team is in the barangays for the vaccination of pre-listed residents, as requested by the health workers and officials.
Mayor Remollo stressed the need to reach more eligible residents who are not able or prevented from coming to the vaccination sites to further control any outbreak of COVID-19 infection and prevent mortality.
Dumaguete City posts the highest vaccination rate of 141.56% in Central Visayas exceeding the 80.67% goal for herd immunity set by the Department of Health after the City Health Office, Provincial Health Office and hospitals vaccinated 157, 619 residents and workers, which is much higher than the target of 111, 348 individuals.
As a result, the number of active COVID-19 case has dropped significantly to just 1; there has been no new deaths reported since March 14, 2022 and Dumaguete City is the only city or town in Negros Oriental, that has been classified to be under Alert Level 1 by the National IATF-MEID thereby allowing most business establishments, transport sector and religious gatherings to resume their operations or activities in full capacity.