AROUND 85.6 percent of Davao Region's total target population for Covid-19 vaccination has been administered with the primary doses as of August 14, 2022.

This is equivalent to 3,251,567 who have the first and second dose, including those administered with the single dose Johnson&Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine, out of the 3,796,830 target population.

This is based on the data given by the Department of Health in Davao Region (DOH) on August 15 presented by assistant regional director Dr. Gerna Manatad during the Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum.

Only Davao del Sur has less than 70 percent coverage of vaccinated individuals. This is equivalent to 357,925 vaccinated with the first and second dose against their target population of 514,171.

Davao City, on the other hand, is leading with 100.1 percent coverage, followed by the province of Davao Oriental with 86.9 percent, Davao del Norte with 83 percent, Davao de Oro with 74.9 percent, and Davao Occidental with 70.4 percent.

Among the population groups eligible for the Covid-19 vaccine, Manatad said the A2 group or senior citizens should be prioritized for the vaccination as they are one of the most vulnerable populations.

“They also have a higher probability to develop a severe form of Covid-19,” she said.

Meanwhile, of those with the first and second primary doses, 27 percent or 552,551 have received their first booster dose while only 3.5 percent or 71,649 proceeded with the second booster dose.

DOH-Davao’s data shows that Davao City, Davao del Norte, and Davao Oriental have made significant progress with the booster dose.

Davao City is leading with the booster dose administration in the region, with 42 percent out of the target population or booster dose which is 719,369. It is followed by Davao del Norte with 22.5 percent coverage out of 405,023, and Davao Oriental with 21.6 percent out of 224,451.

Manatad said the rest of the provinces have to keep up with their booster dose coverage.

“The rest of the areas kailangan pa talaga nila mag (they really need to) catch up for they are still below 20 percent,” she said.

Manatad said the number of vaccines increased by October this year, particularly the booster doses, in line with the president’s directive to achieve 50 percent coverage out of the target vaccination population. ICM