THE Davao City Government has accelerated its vaccination drive after nearly 250,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines were administered to eligible individuals.
According to the Davao City Vaccination Cluster, as of June 29, a total of 246,743 doses were already rolled out, of which 203,256 were for the first dose while 43,487 were given as second doses.
For Priority Group A1, composed of healthcare workers, 40,205 were given for the first dose while 26,612 for second dose.
In the A2 Group or the senior citizens (A2 Group), the vaccines rolled out were 71,647 for the first dose, while 11,469 for the second dose.
Other priority groups include A3 (persons with comorbidities) wherein 85,074 jabbed for the first dose and 5,381 for second dose.
Vaccination for A4 (essential workers) started late June with 2,790 vaccinated with the first dose. This sector includes private-sector employees required to physically report to work, government personnel, workers in the informal sector, the self-employed who work outside of their homes, and private household workers. They are being inoculated alongside healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.
For A5 or those from the indigent population, 3,540 doses were rolled out for the first dose, while 25 for second dose. These are residents belonging to the indigenous peoples (IP) communities in Marilog District.
City Health Office (CHO) Acting Head Dr. Ashley Lopez said in an interview that they have received “very good” response from the public, based on their assessment.
“General assessment is very good, the response of the people is very good. Ang commitment and compliance sa tao is excellent. Nagadugay-nagadugay, kini atong ongoing vaccination, nagadaghan ang nituo ani atong bakuna kontra Covid (Our general assessment is good, the response of the people is very good. The commitment and compliance of the people are excellent. Since we started our inoculation program, the vaccine acceptance among people has been increasing),” Lopez said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio Wednesday, June 30.
With the boosted vaccine supplies and the increasing number of individuals lining up to get the vaccine, he is confident that the city would be able to reach its targeted herd immunity.
“Kung mas daghan ang naga-participate mas dali nato makuha ang atong target nga 70 percent or 1.2 million (The more we have participating individuals, the faster we can achieve our target of 70 percent or 1.2 million),” Lopez said.
He said they still received cases of vaccinees experiencing adverse effects, but the majority are only mild cases.
Lopez said the City Government can cater to around 10,000 vaccinees per day on average if the supply of vaccine doses in the city is sufficient.
The City targets to fully vaccinate at least 1.2 million Dabawenyos or 70 percent of the total population to achieve herd immunity.
Current vaccines that are being inoculated are Sinovac’s CoronaVac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, and limited doses of Sputnik V.
Meanwhile, Lopez explained why the city immediately proceeded to A5 instead of A4, quoting President Rodrigo Duterte’s previous pronouncement: “Gusto niya tagaan ang (He wanted)… ‘I want to give the best vaccine to our indigents’.”
Lopez also said they received a directive from the Department of Health that the allocation of Pfizer will be rolled out to A2, A3, and A5.
He said the remaining supply of Pfizer is expected to last until Friday, July 2.