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Eastern Visayas inoculation at 62%

Among the provinces and independent cities in the region, only Biliran province and the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban have fully vaccinated half of its target population

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PALO, Leyte — The Department of Health (DoH) regional office in Eastern Visayas announced that six in every ten individuals who are targeted for vaccination in the region received at least one dose of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.

It also noted that at least 36 percent are already fully vaccinated as of 30 November.

However, while the vaccination is moving at a fast pace in urban centers, many far-flung towns are struggling to keep up as many residents are still reluctant to get the jab.

Among the provinces and independent cities in the region, only Biliran province and the cities of Ormoc and Tacloban have fully vaccinated half of its target population; the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar have only a fourth of or its target population getting full vaccination.

Eastern Visayas has a population of 4,803,767 based on the 2020 Census and the regional health office is aiming to vaccinate 3,362,638 or 70 percent of the population before the end of the year to attain herd immunity.

As of Tuesday, the DoH-8 reported that 2,085,358 individuals have already been vaccinated while 1,277,280 have yet to receive even a single dose.

Among the eight municipalities that comprise Biliran province, the town of Almeria has the highest vaccination rate with 77.9 percent of its target population are already fully vaccinated, which is the highest in the whole region.

Southern Leyte has vaccinated 75 percent of its target with at least one dose and 40 percent fully vaccinated; Eastern Samar with 72.6 percent partially and 46.5 percent fully vaccinated; Leyte with 60.6 percent partially and 34.3 percent fully vaccinated; Samar with 47.5 percent partially and 25.9 percent fully vaccinated; and Northern Samar with 46.3 percent partially and 24.9 percent fully vaccinated.

Meantime, the town of Las Navas in Northern Samar has the least number of vaccinated individuals with only 22.1 percent of its target getting the jab while only 8.8 percent of the target getting the full doses.

DoH regional information officer Jelyn Lopez disclosed that based on the feedback from the DoH capacity development team based in the area, one reason for the low turnout is the problem in securing proper legal authorization for those 12 to 17 years old.

Lopez said the team is already providing technical assistance on the authorizations required for specific available guardians.

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