Thursday, August 05, 2021

130,000 Dabawenyos vaccinated

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AROUND 130,000 Dabawenyos or 10 percent of Davao City’s 1.2 million target were already vaccinated with the Covid-19 vaccine.

According to the Davao City Vaccination Cluster as of June 20, a total of 138,660 first doses were allocated. Based on the breakdown, 34,063 were part of the Priority A1 group (healthcare workers), 63,374 for A2 (senior citizens), and 41,223 for A3 (persons with comorbidities).

A total of 34,990 were inoculated for the second doses, wherein 23,235 for A1, 9,762 (A2), and 1,993 (A3).

Covid-19 Vaccination Program head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said in a radio interview that they are hoping to reach the targeted herd immunity before the end of the year.

"Hinaot unta magpadayon sila og respond sa atong vaccination para pag-abot nato'g October-November, maabot na nato atong herd immunity (We are hoping the public would continue to respond to our vaccine rollout so that we will be able to achieve herd immunity by October and November this year)," Villafuerte said on Tuesday morning, June 22, in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said in a previous report that the city is targeting to vaccinate 10,000 individuals per day in order to reach herd immunity by November this year.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), herd immunity is the indirect protection from an infectious disease that happens when a population is immune either through vaccination or immunity developed through previous infection.

As of June 21, the city has identified the following areas as operational vaccination sites: Buhangin Central Elementary School, Mintal Central Elementary School, Matina Aplaya Elementary School, Magallanes Elementary School, F. Dizon Elementary School, Davao City National High School, A. Mabini Elementary School, Calinan Central Elementary School, Malagos Elementary School, Kor-Phil Vocational Training Center, Microtel Inn Damosa, Gaisano Mall Toril, Gaisano Mall Bajada, SM City Ecoland, and SM Lanang.

Villafuerte said vaccinees should wait to be contacted by their respective districts for their schedule, as walk-ins are highly discouraged to avoid crowding and prolonged waiting hours.

Since the vaccine rollout started for A2 and A3, she said vaccination sites never ran out of vaccinees willing to be immunized.

She said vaccination sites cater a minimum of 500 vaccinees per hub per day.

Villafuerte said all vaccination sites in the city have been allocated with the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine.

However, the Pfizer vaccines that were allocated by the Covax facility from WHO will strictly be allocated to A1, A2, and A3 groups.

She said they were able to inoculate 27,000 doses of the vaccine in two days.

Meanwhile, Villafuerte said the city is set to receive more doses of vaccine in the coming days.


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