(PAGASA 24-HOUR PUBLIC WEATHER FORECAST as of Thursday, 30 June 2022) At 3:00 AM today, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 1,020 km East of Northern Luzon (17.2°N, 131.3°E). Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Western Visayas. ACTIVE TROPICAL CYCLONE OUTSIDE PAR AS OF 3:00 AM TODAY TROPICAL DEPRESSION (FORMERLY "CALOY") LOCATION: 565 KM WEST OF CENTRAL LUZON (15.4N, 114.7E) MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS: 55 KPH GUSTINESS: UP TO 70 KPH MOVEMENT: WEST SOUTHWEST AT 40 KPH. Caraga region will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms due to Localized Thunderstorm. Possible flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms. Light to Moderate winds coming from Southwest to Southeast will prevail with slight to moderate seas (0.6 to 2.1 meters).



Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Vaccine czar: Gov’t should bolster administration of COVID-19 booster dose

The government should ramp up the administration of COVID-19 booster shots to maintain protection on vaccinated population particularly in major cities in the country, the country’s vaccine czar has said.

“We just have to remind the key cities which have more than 70 percent to 100 percent vaccination coverage,” vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said in his report to President Duterte during the latter’s weekly public address aired on Wednesday.

“We need to revisit the realities that our people’s protection should be further expanded and enhanced through the administration of boosters.”

A December 28 data on the National Capital Region (NCR) showed that the region has 12.6 million eligible population, including those aged five and above. It has 10.4 million fully vaccinated individuals with 6.5 million due for a booster dose.

The statistics also showed that only 30 percent of new eligible population is fully protected against severe illness, hospitalization and death.

“Meaning, dahil nakikita natin na may waning effect po ang ating mga vaccine, 3.8 (million) po ang ina-assume natin na ito sa ngayon, ito po ‘yung may malakas pa na tinatawag na antibodies,” he said.

Galvez also enumerated cities and provinces with 70 to 100 percent full vaccination coverage that could strengthen the administration of boosters.

These include the NCR with its 17 cities; Central Luzon, seven cities; Calabarzon, 12 cities; Luzon, 10 cities and provinces; Visayas, 11 cities; and Mindanao, eight cities and provinces.

And to counter the rising number of COVID-19 cases, apparently triggered by the fast-spreading Omicron variant, Galvez said the government should focus on key tasks such as finding and vaccinating the unvaccinated, administering booster doses, and expanding the current inoculation drive to cover children five to 11 years old.

Vaccine demand must also be increased to efficiently manage the government’s vaccine administration and prevent unnecessary wastage.

“Kung tayo po’y sama-sama at mayroon pong disiplina at may bakuna, may laban po tayo sa pandemya,” he said. PND