The City Government of Davao has administered anti-Covid-19 vaccines to a total of 75,476 residents during the Bayanihan Bakunahan National Vaccination Days from November 29 to December 1, 2021.
Of the total number, 59,807 were inoculated for the first dose, 13, 751 with the second dose, and 1,918 were administered with booster dose.
In an interview on Covid-19 Alert Program on Wednesday, Davao City Covid-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser noted the 47,000 per day target was not achieved despite the city government’s pooling all resources and the all-out support of other public and private sectors. She said success in the anti-Covid vaccination drive boils down to the cooperation of the people.
“Tanang lakang naa nata. Naa man ang suporta sa local nga gobyerno sa Davao, naa pud tay logistics human resource para sa vaccination rollout nato. Naay mga tao nagtinabangay kauban ang councilors nato, vice mayor’s office and all of the public and private sector. This boils down to the cooperation sa bawat isa sa atoa, sa mga tao mismo (We did all the steps that we can do. The local government of Davao gave its support, we also provided logistics and human resources for the vaccination rollout. Some people cooperated alongside councilors and vice mayor’s office and all of the public and private sector. This boils down to the cooperation of people themselves),” Schlosser said.
Schlosser also noted that some Dabawenyos still have “vaccine hesitancy” and this contributed to the non-achievement of the target.
“We cannot eradicate the fact nga naa gihapon ang vaccine hesitancy. Gina-enganyo nato ang mga tao nga ipalawak nila ang ilang kaalaman regarding sa vaccination aron makab-ot nato 100 percent ang herd immunity, this cannot be done without the help and cooperation of people (We cannot eradicate the fact there is still vaccine hesitancy. We encourage people to expand their knowledge regarding vaccination so that we can reach 100 percent herd immunity, this cannot be done without the help and the cooperation of people),” Schlosser said.
To address vaccine hesitancy, Schlosser said that the city continues to conduct massive information dissemination through social media, mainstream media, and dialogues with the sectors that need in-depth knowledge on vaccines.
She said that the consultations with members of Indigenous Peoples in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas have paid off following the high turnout of vaccination in the areas of Marilog and Paquibato where the consultations were conducted.
In her message on the first day of the rollout of the Bayanihan Bakunahan, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte expressed her optimism on the huge turnout of the vaccination rollout and will contribute to achieving herd immunity.
The city still conducts vaccinations on all listed sites posted on the Facebook Page of the City Government of Davao. CIO