SUBIC BAY FREEPORT — A total of 1,569 or almost 70 percent of the of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) employees are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) as a result of an intensified vaccination program implemented by the agency in the last five months.
SBMA chairperson and administrator Wilma Eisma said that of the 2,238 employees in the SBMA rolls, 1,561 or 69.75 percent already received their full dose of Covid-19 vaccines, while 513 or 22.92 percent have already had their first vaccine shots.
This leaves just 164 or 7.33 percent of the total SBMA manpower personnel still unvaccinated.
However, Eisma said that more agency workers are expected to be fully-vaccinated in the next two months as more vaccine allocations come in from the Department of Health (DoH) and private sources.
“Right now, we’re looking forward to a full-vaccination rate of more than 90 percent — which is the new target for herd immunity — for our employees by December,” Eisma said.
“We’re doing everything that we can to get all our employees inoculated because, like the rest of the workforce in the Subic Bay Freeport, we need to get back to our normal work schedules to get the local economy going again,” she added.
The SBMA last month expanded the coverage of its vaccination drive to include more workers in locator-companies in the Subic Bay Freeport to sustain productivity in this special economic and free port zone.
Eisma said that under the SBMA-DoH vaccine rollout, the SBMA Public Health and Safety Department continues to vaccinate qualified recipients in the A1 to A4 categories of the government’s priority list.