Davao City hopes to vaccinate remaining health workers on May 12

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THE City Government is hoping to be able to vaccinate all remaining health workers on Wednesday, May 12, as it caps off its vaccination for this priority group.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, head of the Davao City Vaccination Cluster, told SunStar Davao in a phone interview that they designated two separate venues for healthcare workers on May 11 and 12 at the Buhangin Central Elementary School (BCES) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lying-in and birthing home staff, nurses, midwives, nursing aides, and caregivers aged 18 years old and above will be catered at the BCES.

The BCES will also be the vaccination center for all active practicing medical and allied PRC ID-holder healthcare workers on Wednesday, May 12.

Meanwhile, at the University of Southeastern Philippines (Obrero Campus), the Covid-19 vaccination will be on a first-come, first-served basis from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, until vaccine supply lasts. It will be intended for rehabilitation and psychiatric facility staff along with the jail and detention center staff.

In a press release provided by the Davao City Information Office, the requirements that must be presented are government-issued ID and proof of employment like company ID, stating specific designation, or certificate of employment. PRC ID holders must present a non-expired PRC ID or a hard copy of proof of renewal schedule. They must also bring their own pens.

Medical clearance from the attending physician is required for those with autoimmune disease or those taking steroids and cancer and transplant patients.

Frontline health workers are under the priority A1 of the National Government’s Covid-19 vaccination program.

Villafuerte said they are targeting to finish vaccinating an estimated 20,000 healthcare workers in the city. The city has yet to provide data of the total healthcare workers that were inoculated with the vaccine.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health (DOH)-Davao reported that the entire region has received a total of 148,000 doses of Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines as of May 9.

This does not include the additional 13,200 doses of AstraZeneca that arrived on Tuesday, May 11.

A total of 63,821 healthcare workers out of the 84,000 doses intended for them were already administered for the first dose, while 19,870 healthcare workers out of those administered with the first dose were already given the second dose.

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao

SunStar Davao is Davao City's most sought after community content provider in both print and online. It is part of the SunStar news network in the Philippines. Sun.Star Davao started as a bi-weekly newspaper Peryodiko Dabaw in December 1985 by Elpidio G. Damaso as the so-called alternative press during the end days of the Marcos dictatorship. It started publishing five times a week the following year and was relaunched as Ang Peryodiko Dabaw on September 7, 1987, marking the entry of new investors and its use of desktop publishing, while its Davao City competitors were still using letterpress.

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