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Vaccination for private hospital healthcare workers in Davao starts March 8

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VACCINATION against Covid-19 for private tertiary hospital healthcare workers will start on Monday, March 8, 2021, at the Mabini Elementary School.

Davao City Covid-19 Vaccine Cluster Head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said in a radio interview that they are targeting to vaccinate 2,400 health workers from private hospitals starting Monday, March 8.

Vaccination will run for a week.

Villafuerte said they will prioritize health workers who are catering to Covid-19 patients.

"Ang priority natin is the frontliners muna of hospitals na naga-cater ng Covid-19 patients, then we go down the line," Villafuerte said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

The health official said they are basing it on the prioritization list set by the Department of Health.

She said Sinovac's CoronaVac will be administered to them.

According to the City Government's vaccination program, more than 500,000 individuals will be prioritized. Priority Group A includes all healthcare workers from public and private hospitals, senior citizens (SC), indigent population (IP), and uniformed personnel.

Other priority groups for the vaccination include teachers, social workers, other government workers, other essential workers outside health, education, social welfare sectors, socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than SCs and IPs, overseas Filipino workers, and other remaining workforce.

Villafuerte emphasized that the vaccines will be given for free.

“Let’s not miss this opportunity to have the immunization,” she said.

On March 5, the first vaccine rollout in Davao Region was administered to healthcare workers at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.


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