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59 COVID-19 vax sites rise in Davao to hasten rollout

July 17, 2021 - Saturday 12:07 PM by Davao City Information Office

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Davao City now has 59 vaccination sites managed by the City Health Office (CHO), hospitals, and the private sector and these are seen to fast track the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.

Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schossler, during the Bida Bakunado program of the Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on Friday, July 16, said there are 21 CHO-managed vaccination sites, nine hospital-managed sites, and 29 sectoral sites. The latter is particularly focused on the A4 priority group or the essential workers.

“Mas daghan atong sectoral sites kay mas daghan sila, mao man gud atong working population so daghan pud atong giopen nga sites. Daghan na ta coverage sa atong A4, nag-sectoral pa ta (We have more sectoral vaccination sites as they are our working population so we opened more sites. We have already covered a lot of those in the A4 and we still put up sectoral sites),” Schossler said.

Since other sites perform vaccination even during weekends, essential workers can now grab the opportunity to be inoculated without disrupting their weekday work.

But the CHO official said that employers must support their employees who want to get vaccinated, saying, “Isa ra atong tumong nga ma vaccinize tanan og ma-eradicate ang virus (We all want to be vaccinated or to eradicate the virus). I’m pretty sure ilahang mga employers (their employers) are very supportive sa local government activities like this.”

She also said that they are just waiting for the city’s allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the Department of Health (DOH) 11, which recently received 133,000 doses from the national government. Schossler assured that Dabawenyos who received their first dose of AstraZeneca will soon have their second shots.

She added that since the City Government of Davao started the vaccination rollout, only very mild adverse effects were reported.

“So far walay natala nga events na rare og fatal. Sa mga nangahadlok, wala jud tay natala so far if ever man, during that time, dunay adverse event following vaccination dili mahadlok kay naay standby doctor and hospitals (We have not logged any adverse events that were rare or fatal. For those who are scared, there was no such a report or if ever there is an adverse event following vaccination, don’t fear because we have a standby doctor and hospitals). Pero (But) so far there was no that led to death or fatality,” she said.

Aside from feeling pain in the vaccinated area, body pains, or weariness, no serious adverse event was ever reported to the Davao City Vaccination Cluster.  Most of the mild adverse events usually ease within 24 hours.

As of July 15, the Davao City Vaccination Cluster recorded a total of 290,946 received their first anti-COVID-19 vaccine shots – 47,050 in the 

A1 group (health care workers), 74,313 in A2 (senior citizens), 100,731 in A3 (persons with comorbidities), 61,137 in A4 (essential workers), and 7,715 in A5 (indigents).

At least 112,499 got their second doses (34,246 A1; 14,324 A2; 54,379 A3, 299 A4; and 674 A5). CIO

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