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LAST week the launch of the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine in the city of Cagayan de Oro coincided with the continuous reduction of active cases of Covid-19 in the city which amounted to 74 in June, the City Health Office (CHO) said yesterday.
“Of the 74 new cases of Covid-19, about 39 are inmates (persons deprived of liberty/PDL), 29 are local index, two are (authorized persons outside of residence) with links, two died, one APOR and a local with a link. In addition, 54 tested negative after repeating the swab. Of the 20 cases recorded from June 1 to 7, 12 were PDLs,” said City Health Officer Dr. Rachel Dilla during the Covid-19 press briefing last Monday.
It was said by Dr. Dilla while the CHO called on the public especially senior citizens to secure their third booster vaccine to increase their protection against the virus.
“Since its launch, about 66 elderly people have received the bivalent vaccine and 18 for health care frontliners since the launch of the bivalent vaccine in Barangay Macanhan on June 29,” said CHO immunization program coordinator Dr. Mother Grace Chiu.
Dr. Chiu said those eligible to receive the bivalent Covid-19 vaccine, currently, are healthcare frontliners and seniors who received their second booster shot at least four to six months before the third booster.
One year after the relaunch of the vaccination campaign, the city of Cagayan de Oro has vaccinated 107,724 Kagay-Anons since July 1, 2022, said Dr. Chiu.
With the increased vaccination, the active cases of Covid-19 in Cagayan de Oro City have continued to drop to single digits in recent weeks, said CHO resident epidemiologist Dr. Teodulfo Joselito Retuya Jr.
“If we continue this (and continue our vaccination campaign) we may see Covid-19 become endemic as the World Health Organization says it is similar to the common flu,” said Dr. Retuya.
Most of the cases of Covid-19 in June were men at 76 percent women at 20 percent while 64 cases were aged 18 to 59 years.
“There are also many cases in Barangay Lumbia, including the gated communities…about 50 percent of the cases are mild while the rest have no symptoms. More than 90 percent of the new cases are vaccinated while 15 percent are unvaccinated,” said Dr. Retuya. (Stephen Capillas of the City Information Office)
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