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Friday, December 03, 2021
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Editorial: A silver lining

ON JUNE 29, 2021, Davao City recorded its highest number of new recoveries in a single day, at 981. Total persons who have recovered from Covid-19 in the city are now at 18,851. However, we have yet to know other details behind the high number of new recoveries.

The high number of new recoveries is a welcome development amid rising cases. It is a silver lining in times like this. It is also good to know that as recoveries increase and active cases decrease, our healthcare system will be able to take a breather. That is if the trend continues where recoveries are high and new cases are dropping.

Meanwhile, another silver lining we are seeing is the intensified vaccination roll-out in Davao City.

In this week alone, Davao City launched vaccination drives for the A4 priority group, which is composed of other essential workers from various sectors. The planned roll-out for the group was supposed to be in July. But thanks to an increase in vaccine allocation, more and more Dabawenyos are voluntarily getting vaccinated.

We have to commend the Bakuna by the Sea project of the city government of Davao, Davao Tourism Association (Data), and other tourism stakeholders.

Data president Cherry Faye Al-ag said in a Facebook post that around 9,000 tourism workers and those from tourism-allied services will benefit from the project. Bakuna by the Sea is being conducted at the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao from June 30 to July 2. Based on the experiences of some beneficiaries, the process to get their vaccine went smoothly.

The vaccination of those in the tourism sector will allow the economy to further reopen and revive a sector that was greatly affected by the Covid-19 vaccine.

Around 800 government employees under the A4 priority group were also administered their first dose on June 30 at the University of Southeastern Philippines (USEP). Once fully vaccinated, this will allow government offices to make their services more efficient as employees slowly return.

Numbers also show that Davao City is seeing improvements in its vaccination roll out. As of June 28, 2021, the city has already administered 196,886 doses for the first dose. This is a 32 percent increase from 149,095 on June 21. This also means that over 47,000 individuals have received their first dose in a span of one week.

It should also be noted that among those who received their first dose in the past week, 2,812 are those belonging to the indigenous peoples communities in Marilog, Davao City.

The City Government has also begun to notify some of those who have received their first dose their schedule for the second dose.

As of June 28, of those who have received their first dose, 41,350 have been given their second dose. This increased by 18 percent from 35,028 on June 21.

The city’s ability to ramp up its vaccination is thanks to the national government increasing its Covid-19 vaccines allocation for Davao City.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. to increase the vaccine allocations for areas outside Metro Manila, especially those experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases. Last week Davao City received 210,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. Cebu City also received the same amount of doses of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

Amid an ongoing surge, these are welcome developments in the city. It is a silver lining amidst these times.

If we want to continue to see this trend, let us also do our part by following the minimum health standards set by the national government. Also, if the opportunity comes and we are willing to get one, let’s get our vaccine.


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