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Davao vaccination of senior citizens starts May 11

May 11, 2021 - Tuesday 1:05 PM by Davao City Information Office

Article Banner Image A member of the A1 Priority Group gets her COVID-19 vaccine on March 16, 2021. PHOTO BY PIA DAVAO REGION

The Davao City government will start inoculating senior citizens or the Priority Group A2 on Tuesday, May 11, at the two jab sites – the Matina Aplaya Elementary School and SM Lanang Premier.

On their scheduled vaccination, senior citizens must bring their valid IDs for verification of their identity and address. They can bring only one (1) companion during the day of vaccination to avoid crowding.

Davao City Vaccination Cluster Head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said that the city will accommodate a few senior citizens on its first round of implementation given the group’s vulnerability to Covid-19.

“For now, we will start with 150 per day. We will gradually open because these are senior citizens. We will see how we fix the gaps if there are any,” she said on Monday.

After this week, the vaccination of senior citizens will go full swing as vaccination sites at their respective District Health Offices (DHO) open.

Villafuerte also said that senior citizens who have registered for vaccination will be accommodated. They will be contacted by their respective DHOs on the schedule of their vaccination.

“Please wait for your respective districts to contact you because we plan to accommodate only a limited number of senior vaccinees per day,” she said.

Villafuerte said it is important for the senior citizens to come at their scheduled time for their convenience and to avoid unnecessary crowding at the vaccination hub.

“The seniors are advised to always be ready for the call so that when they receive the call, they will tell you when and where you are going to be vaccinated. Please come because that day is intended for you. Otherwise, mahirapan sila maglipat sa iyo kasi the next day meron na naman naka-schedule (it will be difficult to reschedule you since, on the next day, there is another vaccinee scheduled),” she said.

Those who are unable to register for vaccination, they can still do so by directly going to their District Health Offices and filling out the registration form, and by contacting the Covid-19 vaccination hotlines: 0961 073 4965 and 0927 022 9087.

The city targets to vaccinate 120,000 Dabawenyo senior citizens.