Get vaxxed, get 1 kilogram rice

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DABAWENYOS who will get their vaccination against Covid-19 will receive a rice subsidy from the City Government, according to Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser.

In a radio interview on Friday, May 13, Schlosser clarified that those eligible for the rice subsidy are the general public from five to 18 years old and above.

It is also applicable to any vaccine doses, from first dose, second dose, to first booster and second booster dose in all vaccination hubs, whether pediatric or the regular vaccine hubs.

“Naga hatag gyod ta (We are giving) incentives because we wanted to invite them. We want na pag ma-invite sila, ma-educate nato sila and ma-spread nila ang benefits sa bakuna (Once we invite them, we can educate them about the vaccine and in turn, they can tell people about its benefits),” Schlosser said.

Beneficiaries will receive one kilo of rice each, regardless of age or if they belong to the same family or household that has already received a subsidy.

Schlosser said everyone who has yet to get administered with any of the vaccine doses is eligible and entitled to the rice subsidy provided by the city government.

In addition, there are no additional requirements needed to be submitted to receive the subsidy. Schlosser said people only need to present their vaccine cards and SafeDavaoQR.

The spokesperson hopes that the rice subsidy will entice more Dabawenyos to get their vaccines, especially with the booster doses since its rollout progress has been slow.

“Ginaenganyo gyod nato sila (We are enticing them). This is not the first time na nag hatag ta og incentives (that we gave incentives), ato na na-try tanan na incentives (we’ve tried different incentives),” Schlosser said.

The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force is also strengthening their vaccination efforts for City Government employees.

Schlosser said during a previous interview on Wednesday, May 11, the task force is targeting to vaccinate at least 727 employees from the Sangguniang Panlungsod ng Dabaw on May 12 and 13.

The task force has also administered booster doses to three government offices, including the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) wherein 16 individuals were vaccinated, 25 from the National Irrigation Administration, and 30 individuals in the Social Security System (SSS).

More than a thousand employees are also eyed for booster dose vaccination in the Bureau of Fire Protection, banks, business process outsourcing (BPO) offices, banks, and other private offices.

As of the latest, Schlosser said around 20 to 21 percent of the target vaccination population is administered with the booster dose vaccine, which is at 252,267 as of May 6 out of the total of over one million people fully vaccinated.

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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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