Covid-19 death rate high among unvaxxed individuals

The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force has reported that the majority of the latest Covid-19 deaths in Davao City were unvaccinated individuals.

Based on the Covid-19 Task Force data covering the period February 13 – 19, 2022, Davao City logged a total of nine (9) deaths. Of the number, seven (7) or 77 percent were unvaccinated, one vaccinated, and one for verification.

The report showed that four (4) of the unvaccinated individuals were senior citizens or 60 years old and above and the remaining others were within the 30-39 age group, 40-49 age group, and 50-59 age group.

Given this data, Davao City Covid-19 Vaccination Cluster Head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte has urged the public to get vaccinated against Covid-19 and get a booster shot to prevent the severe risk of the disease, allaying fears of death caused by the vaccines.

“Wala ta anang namatay dahil sa vaccination mamatay ang karamihan diyan dahil may sakit sila at tsaka wala na-vaccinate (There are no deaths due to vaccination and majority of those who died had other diseases and were not vaccinated),” Villafuerte said in an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio on Tuesday.

She said that while a total of 1,296,684 Dabawenyos already received their first doses and a total of 1,274,643 Dabawenyos are fully immunized, a booster dose is still important as an additional layer of protection against the risk of a severe Covid.

“Kung na vaccinate ka sa booster, gina-proteksyunan ka sa nagka-grabe na cases. Karon daghan ang mild and asymptomatic, mao na ang proteksyon na mahatag sa vaccination. (If you have been vaccinated with booster, you have an additional layer of protection against severe cases. What we have now are mild and asymptomatic cases and that is the protection given by vaccines),” she said.

Villafuerte said that the city’s vaccination sites are still open for first, second, and booster doses.

As of February 18, 2022, the city recorded a total of 200,874 Dabawenyos or 15.76 percent of fully immunized individuals have availed of the booster dose. CIO