Saturday, November 27, 2021

Editorial: For a merrier Christmas

THE City Government of Davao has made the vaccination more accessible to the residents of the city as it continues to receive a steady supply of vaccines against Covid-19.

One of the strategies the city implemented is the launching of the Bakuna Nights to cater to individuals who cannot find the time to be vaccinated in the day due to work.

The city government has also recently allowed walk-ins in several vaccination sites.

“Katong previous months nato pinakaproblema sa atong katawhan gusto sila magpa-vaccine dili sila ka avail kay dili allowed ang walk-in. Hulaton pa ang ilang prioritization o priority groups pero karon they can avail the vaccine sa tanang mga hubs,” Davao City Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said in a statement.

(In previous months, the public’s main problem was they want to get vaccinated but they cannot avail of it yet since walk-ins were not allowed. They had to wait for their prioritization or priority groups but now they can avail of the vaccine in all vaccination hubs.)

This week, the Office of the Vice Mayor announced that it will be rolling out a door-to-door vaccination for senior citizens, persons with physical disabilities (PWDs), and those struggling to walk.

“If we need to do house to house, ang isa sa mga measures nato to be able to secure na makita nato ning senior citizens is mag coordinate sa ilahang mga association sa senior citizen sa barangay. Pangutan-on isa-isa kung kinsa ang wala pa didto na vaccinate. Kadtong gusto magpa-vaccinate dili makalakaw kay bedridden so we will be doing house to house pangitaon and i-house-to-house ang senior citizen na wala pa na vaccinate,” Schlosser said.

(If we need to go house to house one of our measures is to coordinate with the association of senior citizens in the barangay. We would ask them who among them are not yet vaccinated. Those who want to be vaccinated but cannot walk or bedridden we will find them and conduct house-to-house vaccination.)

Qualified beneficiaries for the door-to-door vaccination will be screened by the Office of the Vice Mayor with the Liga ng Barangay in coordination with the barangay senior citizens association.

The city also announced the opening of drive-thru vaccination at the People's Park for senior citizens and persons with physical disabilities (PWD) who are struggling to walk to the vaccination site.

These are welcome developments in the vaccination efforts of the city.

With this, the city will be able to accelerate its vaccination roll-out.

There is a silver lining up ahead. This year, we may be able to celebrate a more festive holiday season with more of us being vaccinated.

To date, a total of 836,662 first doses and 719,140 second doses have been administered in the city. Safe to say, the city government is more than half of its target of 1.2 million fully vaccinated individuals.

For a merrier Christmas and with vaccines against Covid-19 made more accessible, we encourage fellow Dabawenyos to take this opportunity to be vaccinated against the disease.


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