‘Bakuna Booster by the Sea’ open to all


ORGANIZERS of the Bakuna Booster by the Sea recently opened the vaccination site to the general public, an official from the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) said.

CTOO Head Generose Tecson said in a radio interview that the Bakuna Booster by the Sea is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. of January 12 to 15 and January 19 to 23 at the Grand Pavilion of the Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao.

Tecson said, however, that it will be a “first-come, first-served” basis.

“Open for everybody pero first-come, first-served. Ang minimum po natin is 750 hanggang 1,000 pax a day. Lahat na po pwedeng mag-walk-in sa Waterfront Hotel po (It’s open for everybody on a first-come, first-served basis. We target a minimum of 740 to 1,000 vaccinees a day. Anybody can just walk-in at Waterfront Hotel),” she said in an interview on 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio.

She underscored that there is no cut-off as long as they meet the daily minimum target under the first-come, first-served policy.

The booster vaccines available, according to Tecson, are AstraZeneca and Sinovac only since Pfizer is reserved for pediatric 12 to 17 years old vaccinees.

Interested vaccinees must bring their Safe Davao QR code, completed vaccination card for first and second doses, valid government ID, and ballpen. They are also reminded to wear a face mask and observe social distancing at the vaccination site.

Based on social media posts, the first day of the Bakuna Booster had only few vaccinees who availed of the booster shot.

The “Bakuna Booster by the Sea” is organized by the Davao City government, through the City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) and the Davao Tourism Association (Data).

It initially aims to give Covid-19 vaccine booster shots to tourism and allied sector industry workers in Davao City, amid the surge of Covid-19 cases and the presence of Omicron variant in the country.

Data President Gatchi Gatchalian said they will also be opening the booster shots to members of the Davao City media which were also recipients of the vaccination program during the Bakuna by the Sea held last year.

The Bakuna by the Sea was able to vaccinate 16,045 people coming from the tourism and allied industries last year. It also won the third place for best tourism practice in the 2021 Pearl Awards organized by the Association of Tourism Officers in the Philippines.

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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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