San Juan City has inoculated more than 70 percent of its population with at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose, Mayor Francis Zamora said Monday.

According to Zamora, the city has vaccinated 96,610 residents with at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose. The number is equivalent to about 78 percent of the city’s population.

San Juan City may achieve herd immunity by August, he said.

“As of yesterday, ang na-second dose na po natin ay 29,313, so that is just about 66,000 people away,” Zamora said in a Palace briefing.

“And because most of them were vaccinated with Sinovac, you only count 28 days after; and iyong mga nabakunahan naman po with the Pfizer, you only count 21 days after. So given those numbers, even if you add one month from today ay papasok po tayo sa katapusan ng Agosto,” he added.

According to the World Health Organization, herd immunity is achieved when a population becomes immune to a disease once a certain threshold number of people is vaccinated.

The Philippine government has set a 70-percent target for herd immunity.

An event marked the vaccination milestone for San Juan at the Greenhills Shopping Center, where Palace spokesman Harry Roque held his media briefing. John Ezekiel J. Hirro