Monday, June 21, 2021

Editorial: How to get vaccinated?

ON TUESDAY, June 8, the Department of Health (DOH) in Davao Region announced on its Facebook page that 44,800 doses of Sinovac vaccines have arrived in Davao Region.

Hours later, the City Government of Davao also announced the schedule for those who are part of priority groups A1, A2, and A3 who have yet to get their first dose. The schedule for those who are part of priority groups A1 and A2 who have yet to get their second dose was also announced.

According to DOH, A1 are workers in frontline health services, A2 are all senior citizens, and A3 are persons with comorbidities. Davao City has yet to start the vaccination of those under the A4 group, which have already begun in the National Capital Region (NCR).

For the inoculation of the first dose, The city government said it will be able to accommodate around 500 registered individuals per day in 10 different locations across the city from June 7 to 12.

Meanwhile, for the second dose, the city will also be able to accommodate around 500 individuals per day in five different locations. It said that the district offices will contact those who already had their first dose for their scheduled second dose.

While the recent updates on the Covid-19 vaccination is a welcome development, there are still people who are wondering how they can register for the vaccination. Last we checked, the latest guide on Covid-19 vaccination registration was for the A2 group.

From what we know, other Dabawenyos can either register at their district health centers or through the Safe Davao QR. Since May 25, Dabawenyos can pre-register their names through the Safe Davao QR for the vaccination.

"After completing the online registration process, the user must wait for the announcement of their assigned schedule from the district health office or through the DQR push notification," the city said in a statement on June 2.

However, when you check the comment section of the city government's post on vaccination, there are those who are saying that they have not received any updates or text message for their vaccination since pre-registering on Safe Davao QR. One Facebook user, who is part of the A3 group, commented that she has registered through the Safe Davao QR since May 26 but has not received any updates yet.

Another commented that she was informed by their district officers that they will not be sending a text or notification. She was instructed instead to go to the vaccination and present her QR code, which would notify those at the site that she has pre-registered for the vaccine.

Aside from this, some claim that they simply line up at the vaccination site, get listed, and wait to receive their vaccines. Others also said it is much faster to get vaccinated if you register through your barangay.

At present, there is lack of clarity when it comes to the guidelines for the Covid-19 vaccination in Davao City. Do we go to the site to register? But this would cause mass gathering, which is the reason why pre-registration through the Safe Davao QR is being encouraged. But is the pre-registration for Safe Davao QR working? How long does one have to wait to be scheduled?

Hopefully the city government of Davao will be able to issue clear guidelines and processes on how one can get a vaccine in Davao City. There are people who are already part of the A1, A2, and A3, even those who are part of A4, who are ready to get vaccinated but are confused about the process.


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