Senior citizens await their vaccination jab at the Mega Vaccination site in Puerto Princesa City. (Photo from Puerto Princesa City COVAC Facebook page)

Senior citizens and those with co-morbidities are still the most susceptible to hospitalization and COVID-related mortality said authorities at the Regional Task Force in MIMAROPA.

During last week’s RTF meeting, the Department of Health-Center for Health (DOH-CHD) in the region said the huge gap is between vaccinated and unvaccinated elders as well as those who have long-time ailments.

As of August 25 data, MIMAROPA has targeted 261,565 senior citizens (Priority Group A1) but only 81,291 completed their vaccination.

About 69,869 senior citizens had their first dose.

“We need to protect the most vulnerable populations, this is our senior citizens. Morbidity is high among them most especially now that the Delta variant is present in the region.,” Medical Officer IV Mathew Medrano said, “that’s why we need to give them prioritization that we have.”

For Priority Group A3 (individuals with co-morbidities), the master-listed reached 507,660 but those who have completed vaccination were only 100,040 and about 74,928 got their first dose.

The region likewise registered 489,107 front-liners in the essential sectors (Priority Group A4: workers and others).

Out of that number, 17,087 completed vaccination, and 54,301 have their first dose.

Thirty-one thousand, nine hundred ninety-eight (31,998) have been registered under the poor population (Priority Group A5); 18,463 have completed vaccination and those who got their first dose reached 3,488.

As for the A1 population or health care workers, 41,690 have completed their vaccinations, nearly 100%.

The remaining HCWs in the master-listed 46, 120 are now waiting for their second doses.

Mimaropa also has Expanded A1 (10,755): these are Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and families of HCWs who spent time in Covid 19 referral hospitals and temporary treatment and monitoring facilities.

About 8,674 under the Expanded A1 have completed vaccination while 1,614 are looking forward to their second dose.

All in all, Mimaropa has 267,241 fully vaccinated individuals as of August 25: the number of allocated vaccines in the region is about 291,172.

Those who have their first dose are about 11,750 individuals. (LP)

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