Baguio City has ramped-up its vaccination drive amid a surge of infections in China triggered by a new COVID-19 sub-variant.
“Baguio residents need not fear or panic on hearing about the spread through travelers of a new COVID-19 sub-variant dubbed as XBB which is causing a surge in China,” Mayor Benjamin Magalong said.
According to Magalong, Baguio residents are vaccinated, with first and second boosters, follow health protocols; handwashing, physical distancing and masking up properly.
“Ramped up vaccination and booster shots, with daily schedules in the 16 district health centers and announced big venues areas, are always available.”
“Ramped up vaccination and booster shots, with daily schedules in the 16 district health centers and announced big venues areas, are always available,” the mayor stressed.
Magalong earlier discussed the city’s vaccination efforts with Department of Health (DOH) Officer in Charge (OIC) Ma. Rosario Vergeire.
“DOH OIC Vergeire confided that the COVID virus variant has been monitored to be in the country since July,” Magalong said.
“The increase is not expected to be as steep as the Delta or Omicron experience.”
“A surge was earlier pegged for the third week of January but analytics from a third party data experts forecast it for the second week instead. The increase is not expected to be as steep as the Delta or Omicron experience, but just an upward trend and a tapering off,” he explained.
“Data from experts provide us with an unbiased and unmanipulated forecast,” Magalong said.
“We have also always been transparent as to COVID-19 information and that infections/re-infections, deaths, recoveries, vaccination, booster shots have always been reported properly,” he stressed.