More residents are getting booster shots

BAGUIO CITY: More residents are lining up for booster shots, even as Covid-19 cases continue to soar in the Summer Capital.

From 64 active cases on January 1 there are 2,082 confirmed active cases as of January 13, including the 516 new cases recorded on that day. The current surge is believed to have been caused by the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Assistant City Health Officer Dr. Celia Flor Brillantes said the City Health Service Office also reported that it had administered a total of 4,230 booster shots on January 13, the highest since the vaccine rollout on November 16.

This raised the total number of boosted individuals to 55,530.

Brillantes said demand for booster shots started to pick up on January 6, when the city administered a total of 3,951 shots. The following day, the city administered 4,142 shots.

Since January 3, vaccination sites in the city have been packed with people, Brillantes said.

Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said vaccine acceptability in the city remains high. “The people of Baguio believe that vaccines will protect them from Omicron.”

“People are also becoming aware of the benefits of booster shots. We just have to sustain the supply,” Magalong added.

The city has not officially registered an Omicron variant case as of January 14, but the mayor said all indications point to its presence now in the city.

Banner year for economic recovery

Despite the not-so-good start due to the current Covid-19 surge, Magalong sees 2022 as a “banner” year for Baguio City’s recovery.

Magalong said a lot of developments are in store this year that are expected to showcase the city’s recovery from the effects of the health crisis and realize the mayor’s vision for a better city.

“Despite being hit by another surge now, we are still very optimistic that we will have a good year…because we have a lot of things to look forward to. This year, we expect a rebound in our economy and at the same time we have a lot of strategic projects that will be taking off. This will be a banner year for our recovery,” Magalong said.

He said the first quarter of the year may still be difficult for the city, but he is confident that the city will be able to surpass the challenges of the pandemic.

“Hopefully, Omicron will be the last variant that we have to deal with so we can continue to focus on our recovery,” he said.

The mayor said the city hopes to begin the implementation of several priority development projects that it had worked on in the last three years.

“2022 will showcase how well our city will recover and build back to its original glory in many ways. It will not just be a passing moment but a milestone year. It will be a time where we will make all our efforts from the past three years count for all of us,” the mayor said.

“We will welcome new opportunities for development as we continue to receive support from the national government and international partners and as we continue to be proactive, collaborative and inclusive.”