Guimbal jabs 81% of eligible population to reach WHO herd immunity threshold

PHOTO CAPTION: Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. receives his Sinovac booster shot during the kick-off ceremony of the 3-day National Vaccination Drive of the national government at the WVSU Cultural Center this morning. The town of Guimbal leads the province with an 81% vaccination rate to reach the 70% herd immunity threshold together with the municipalities of Zarraga (74%) and Concepcion (70%)./iNews (N. Glenn Aragon/Photo courtesy of Balita sa Kapitolyo Facebook page)

ILOILO–Three municipalities in the province of Iloilo have already gone beyond the 70-percent vaccination threshold among its eligible population, having vaccinated the minimum number of people to reach herd immunity against COVID-19.

Based on data gathered by the Iloilo Provincial Health Office (IPHO), the town of Guimbal in the first congressional district has jabbed a total of 25,302 individuals, making them number one on the list with a vaccination rate of 81%.

Meanwhile, serving as runners-up are the municipalities of Zarraga in the second district and Concepcion in the fifth district, which were able to jab 19,157 and 32,290 individuals for 74% and 70% vaccination rates, respectively.

Also reaching at least half of the eligible population already vaccinated are the towns of Mina – 17,616 residents vaccinated representing 68%; Bingawan – 11,371 (65%); Batad – 15,935 (65%); Badiangan – 20,206 (64%); Dueñas – 25,617 (62%); Balasan – 24,755 (61%); Anilao – 21,461 (60%); Pavia – 41,600 (59%); Sta. Barbara – 45,053 (59%); Cabatuan – 43,726 (58%); Barotac Viejo – 34,273 (57%); Pototan – 56,165 (57%); Lemery – 23,080 (56%); Tubungan – 16,797 (55%); San Miguel – 20,714 (55%); New Lucena – 17,387 (54%); Banate – 24,339 (54%); Barotac Nuevo – 40,510 (54%); Oton – 66,672 (52%); Leganes – 24,300 (52%); San Dionisio – 29,010 (51%); and Lambunao – 55,094 (50%).

Completing the list are the municipalities of San Joaquin – 38,823 (49%); Calinog – 45,199 (48%); the component city of Passi – 60,260 (48%); Tigbauan – 46,917 (48%); Dingle – 33,918 (47%); Igbaras – 23,943 (47%); Janiuay – 47,811 (47%); Carles – 50,994 (47%); Leon – 37,315 (47%); San Rafael – 12,368 (46%); Alimodian – 28,733 (46%); Dumangas – 51,704 (46%); Sara – 39,376 (45%); San Enrique – 25,369 (45%); Miagao – 50,550 (45%); Ajuy – 39,105 (44%); Maasin – 27,623 (41%), and Estancia – 36,320 (38%).

Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community—the herd—becomes immune to a certain disease because of vaccination or other means, making the spread of the disease from person-to-person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected and not just those who are immune thru vaccination. The World Health Organization has set 70% of an area’s eligible population to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to achieve herd immunity.

Meanwhile, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor, Jr. received his Sinovac booster shot during the kick-off ceremony of the three-day National Vaccination Drive at the West Visayas State University (WVSU) Cultural Center this morning. (N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)

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