Tagaytay City has become the first to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 in the CALABARZON region after inoculating a percentage of people beyond its target population.
In a Facebook post, city councilor Athena Tolentino said the local government of Tagaytay met its vaccination goals after 58,636 residents were fully vaccinated against the disease by October 1.
The figure surpasses the vaccination target set by the national government of fully vaccinating 70% of the total population.
Tagaytay has 83,320 total residents so the target for the city is 58,324, said Tolentino.
The city had also administered 59,368 first dose shots as of October 1, according to local health office’s data as reported by Rappler.
The same report quoted city health officer Dr. Liza Capupus as saying that Tagaytay raised its daily vaccination target from 600 to 1, 500 – 2,000.
In CALABARZON, Tagaytay is followed by adjacent town Mendez in terms of vaccination rate with 86.53%, and then by Tanauan City in Batangas with 64.26% as of October 3.
Other cities and municipalities in the region lag as they have yet to inoculate at least more than half of their target populations against COVID-19 amid the insufficient supply.
Meanwhile, more than a million residents in Cavite are already fully vaccinated as of October 7. The province is preparing to vaccinate immunocompromised children aged 12 to 17 against COVID-19 in the coming weeks.
Thumbnail photo from Tagaytay Medical Center Facebook page