DQR to be incorporated with vaccine registration

Photo by Associated Press
Photo by Associated Press

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said they will incorporate the Safe Davao QR (DQR) code for the online registration for the Covid-19 vaccination.

Duterte-Carpio said they want to do away with the face-to-face registration, which could result in mass gathering and Covid-19 transmission.

"You will use your own DQR for that. It's the same account that you will use," the mayor said on Monday, February 1, in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

On Monday afternoon, the mayor said they will meet with the developer on how to expand the use of DQR to accommodate the vaccination program.

Duterte-Carpio said the DQR will be required before the applicant will proceed in filling up his or her form for the registration.

The mayor recently said the local government will set up an online registration site to "forecast" the number of vaccine doses the city will initially need.

The online registration will be intended for those who are willing to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

She admitted that not all Dabawenyos are willing to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Despite this, the city will not force the public to get the vaccine even if the number of individuals who want themselves vaccinated falls short of the city's target to achieve the "herd immunity."

The city is projecting to target 1.2 million Dabawenyos to be injected with the Covid-19 vaccine.

'Manage your expectations'

Currently, the local government is negotiating with AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals (Johnson & Johnson) for the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines.

This is on top of the Pfizer-BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccines that the city will be receiving from the National Government. Initial doses of the vaccine are expected to arrive in late February this year.

Davao City Covid-19 focal person Dr. Ashley Lopez said medical frontliners, especially working at the Southern Philippines Medical Center, will be prioritized for the Pfizer vaccine.

Duterte-Carpio, meanwhile, told the public to manage their expectations with the vaccines.

"Kinahanglan i-manage sa tao ilang expectation sa vaccination. Yes, naay maabot but it doesn't mean nga mabakunahan tanan dayon because siyempre ang (The public should manage their expectation in the vaccination. Yes, we are expecting vaccines to arrive in the city but it doesn't mean that everyone will be inoculated immediately. Of course, the) vaccines to be provided by the national government will be shared by the rest of the country, not just Davao City," she said.

In addition, the mayor said the national Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases has not given them what brand of vaccine would be allotted for the city and the definite date of arrival of the vaccines.

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