Friday, September 17, 2021

Senior, with comorbidities prioritized for J&J vaccine

Photo by Davao City Information Office

DUE to the limited allocated supply of Johnson & Johnson's (J&J) Janssen single-shot Covid-19 vaccine in Davao City, a health official reminded that those who will be prioritized by the vaccine will be the Priority Groups A2 (senior citizens) and A3 (persons with comorbidities).

Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said in a radio interview on Friday, July 30, that the 14,400 doses of J&J vaccine will be limited for those priority groups, especially from the geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (Gida).

The City Government started rolling out the J&J vaccines on Thursday, July 29, 2021, at Dizon Elementary School, Malagos Elementary School, Paquibato District Hospital, Calinan Central Elementary School, Davao City National High School, Gaisano Mall (GMall) of Bajada, GMall Toril, SM City Ecoland, and Buhangin Central Elementary School.

On Friday morning, July 30, several netizens posted on social media photos and videos of a long queue outside the Buhangin School as early as 6 a.m.

Schlosser said more Dabawenyos prefer the vaccine as they only need to be jabbed once.

Several reports of individuals bearing falsified medical certificates and identification cards just to be jabbed with J&J or Pfizer have surfaced online.

Schlosser reminded the public to avoid falsifying their documents as they might face legal sanctions.

"Mamahimo lang unta nga maghangyo mi nga dili nato i-fake out ning mga documentation needed para matagaan ang (We are asking the public not to falsify their needed documents so that we can accommodate the [real]) A3 or persons with comorbidity," she said.

"Ipahinumdom lang namo sa inyo nga naa tay balaod ana for falsification of document. Hopefully, maging honest ta. Tutal dili lang kani nga brand makaprotect sato against Covid-19 (We would just like to remind you that we have a law against falsification of document. Hopefully, we are being honest, beside this is not the only brand that can protect us against Covid-19)," she added.

The official reminded those covered in the priority group to present the required documents such as senior citizen ID for those covered under A2, and medical certificate, proof of comorbidity, or prescription for those under A3.

Davao Region received its first batch of donated J&J vaccine, with a total of 143,850 doses on July 19.

Dr. Rachel Joy Pasion, Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit head of the Department of Health-Davao Region, said in a virtual presser that the J&J vaccines will be administered in areas that are "high risk" for Covid-19 and those living in densely populated areas.

Clinical trial results for the single-dose Janssen vaccine showed an efficacy rate of up to 66.9 percent against moderate to severe Covid-19.


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