TACLOBAN CITY - At least 1.36 million residents in Eastern Visayas have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) as of December 7, the Department of Health regional office here reported on Wednesday.
The number represents 40.5 percent of the region's target population for inoculation before 2022, according to the health department's field office.
"With this achievement, Eastern Visayas is gearing up and racing towards achieving herd immunity in the region by the end of the year," the DOH said in a statement.
Biliran province posted the highest rate of full vaccination at 68.7 percent, followed by Tacloban City at 63.2 percent, Ormoc City at 59 percent, Southern Leyte at 46.7 percent, Eastern Samar at 47.9 percent, Leyte at 38.4 percent, Samar at 28.4 percent, and Northern Samar at 27.6 percent.
The conduct of National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 3 was a big factor in raising the vaccination coverage.
The five-day event has administered vaccines to 427,998 residents.
The simultaneous vaccination campaign also increased the number of individuals in the region that received at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccines to 2.25 million, or 67 percent of the target population.
"Our best hope in beating the pandemic is when herd immunity is achieved. The support from local governments and local chief executives is also vital in the demand generation of the Covid-19 vaccination, regardless of vaccine brand. Get vaccinated while vaccines are free and available. Protect yourself, family, and community," the DOH added.
As of December 8, the region's six provinces have already recorded 51,398 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic broke out, including 50,681 recoveries, and 627 deaths.
There are only 90 remaining active cases in the region. (PNA)