SAN FERNANDO CITY (PIA) – Region 1 has shown a decline in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, an official from the Department of Health Ilocos Center for Health Development (DOH CHD-1) said.
In an interview on Thursday, Dr. Rheuel Bobis, COVID-19 focal person of the DOH CHD-1, revealed an average of 40 to 50 daily cases, down from a peak of 90 to 100 cases in the previous weeks.
On Sept. 21, there were only 39 new cases which brought the total active cases in the region to 470. The breakdown of the cases is as follows: Pangasinan - 152; Dagupan - 9; La Union - 136; Ilocos Norte - 129; and Ilocos Sur – 44.
According to Bobis, those with new cases are largely from vulnerable populations who have not yet received the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Karamihan ng nakikita natin sa mga bagong kaso ay mga hindi pa nakakapagbakuna kontra COVID-19 at kalimitan ay mga nakatatanda o may karamdaman,” Bobis said.
Additionally, among the observed active cases, reinfections are noted as a result of the individual's decreased antibody levels.
“Unang factor ng reinfection ng ilan ay ang date ng kanilang vaccination. Makikita natin na sila ay walang booster shot o matagal na ang kanilang primary series,” Bobis said.
He reiterated the studies showing that the immunity given by primary series of COVID-19 vaccine decreases over time, at most, six months thus, the need for booster shots.
In order to further increase the number of individuals protected from COVID-19, Bobis informed that the DOH will lead the Bakunahang Bayan: Special Vaccination Days (SVD) from Sept. 26-30.
The aim of the SVD is to reach 50 percent of the target general population boosted and 90 percent of target senior citizens who received their primary series doses.
“These goals can only be achieved through the nation’s collective effort, kaya isama ang buong bayan para buong bayan protektado,” the spokesperson said.
Currently, Region 1 has administered primary series vaccinations to 447,077 people, or 84 percent, and first booster doses to 1,213,457 individuals, or 29 percent. (JCR/JPD, PIA La Union)