KALIBO, Aklan–Aklan province still has a long way to go to reach herd immunity as only a small number of eligible residents are fully vaccinated.
So far, 23,134 persons have been fully vaccinated, while 36,955 individuals have received at least one vaccine shots of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Gamaleya, or Janssen, according to the latest report of the Regional Vaccination Operations Center.
The province would need at least 70 percent of its more than 600,000 population to be vaccinated to keep the infections down.
Herd immunity occurs when enough people become immune to the virus, making the spread from person to person unlikely.
With COVID variants now circulating across the country, health experts have adjusted the herd immunity threshold to at least 80 percent.
Determined to get vaccination numbers higher, Aklan governor Florencio Miraflores has urged local government units to establish more vaccination sites so more residents can be inoculated against the coronavirus.
The governor expects a study supply of vaccines this August to enable the province to fast track the vaccination of eligible priority groups.
The COVID-19 tracker showed the province at high risk level of exposure to the virus as its 7-day average positivity test rate is at 44 percent with 1,072 new cases this past week.
Aklan has a total of 7,487 confirmed cases with 165 deaths since the pandemic began.
As of July 26, hospitals are treating 113 COVID-19 patients as compared to 69 patients one month ago.
To date, DOH has allocated 103,652 vaccines to the province of Aklan or 7.27 percent of 1,425,650 vaccines in Western Visayas.
About 22.55 percent or 321,482 doses have been deployed to Iloilo, 298,960 doses (20.97%) to Negros Occidental, and 264,924 doses (18.58%) to Iloilo City.
Bacolod City has received 184,040 doses (12.91%); Capiz, 118,708 (8.33%), Antique, 93,510 doses (6.56%), and Guimaras, 31,854 doses (2.23%). (Boy Ryan Zabal/iNEWS-Aklan/Boracay Bureau)