By Rey Anthony Chiu | 11:12 AM February 06, 2022
In case you missed it, in the last nine days, 19 Boholanos have succumbed to the deadly coronavirus disease (Covid-19), reports from the Bohol Inter Agency Task Force bared.
According to the BIATF shared Bohol COVID-19 Update last January 24, Covid deaths have reached 587, a year and nine months after the first death due to the viral disease in Bohol happened in the waning days of May 2020.
Last February 2, in its most recent update, the BIATF said COVID-related deaths have reached 606.
This means nineteen have died in the last 9 days, or a daily average of a little over 2.
As this is happening, Bohol Provincial Vaccination Operations Center’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) said the local vaccination program was able to reach and give full protection to 574,742 eligible Boholanos in its master list.
This, the OEC said is already 59.75% of its target of giving full protection against a serious bout against the disease to the 70% of the local population.
Health experts and epidemiologists have theorized that getting the vast majority of a local population vaccinated, 70% or more, insulates the rest of the population as this can negate the virus from getting a host.
Bohol has seen a much deadlier spike of the disease in mid-September of last year, where the daily death average reached 6, but deaths have waned to almost zero by the end of the year and the beginning of the new year.
The noticed spike this week however, has people seeing already the good thing about getting vaccinated.
When you get vaccinated, there is still that chance that you can get infected, but in most cases, the patients manifest simple flu or fever, sometimes even are asymptomatic that they feel no need of getting to the hospitals and health facilities, said National task Force COVID Deputy chair Vivencio Hizon, during a presscon in Cebu, February 2.
Sec. DIzon along with the Department of Health Officials and local government leaders launched Resbakuna sa Botika at Klinika, an expanded vaccination program which now allows vaccination in pharmacies and clinics.
Dizon also acknowledged the new rise in cases as true to some other parts of the country.
But for Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, vaccination is the only thing that makes the difference as he compared the surge then and what is happening now.
After massive vaccination, especially in Cebu where they have reportedly attained over 70% of their general population, local officials assured, COVID has become just like a simple fever, one that can be beat with paracetamol or cough medications. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)