Dabawenyos urged to get booster jabs now as preferred COVID-19 vaccines currently available

The Davao City COVID-19 Task Force reiterates its call to Dabawenyos to get their booster shots now while most of the preferred vaccines are currently available.

Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser, in a recent 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program, said, “Gusto gyud sa Davao COVID-19 Task Force nga matagaan og option ang mga tao, makapili sila sa gusto nila nga bakuna (The Davao City COVID-19 Task Force wants to give the people an option to choose the vaccine they prefer).”

She said most Dabawenyos studied the vaccines, and they would choose the brand they think is best for them as boosters.

The city health official said the Department of Health (DOH) gave the city a sufficient allocation of vaccines to administer the booster jabs.

Dr. Schlosser said, “Ubay-ubay atong mga bakuna na gina-prefer gyud sa mga tao for boosters (We have a lot of vaccines that people prefer as boosters).”

Vaccines currently available in the city include Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, and AstraZeneca. These can be accessed from city-managed vaccination hubs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays to Fridays.

Pfizer booster vaccines are being administered at Abreeza Mall, SM Lanang, the Buhangin Central Elementary School (BCES), PhilPorts Authority, GMall Toril, Almendras Gym, the San Roque Elementary School (SRES), the Vince Hizon Elementary School (VHES), USEP Gym, People’s Park, and Crocodile Park.

Those who prefer the Moderna vaccine may go to SM City Davao, Almendras Gym, SRES, or the Maa National High School (MNHS).

Sinovac vaccinees are being catered to at the Magallanes Elementary School (Magallanes ES), F. Dizon Elementary School (FDES), Abreeza Mall, SM City Davao, Mabini ES, BCES, Don Juan ES, Mintal Central ES, Almendras Gym, VHES, USP Gym, People’s Park, Maa NHS, and Crocodile Park.

To avail of the AstraZeneca vaccine, Dabawenyos may proceed to Magallanes ES, SM City Davao, Matina Aplaya ES, Mabini ES, BCES, Tesda Korphil in Bunawan, Malagos ES, Marilog ES, Don Juan ES in Toril, MCES, USEP Gym, People’s Park, MNHS, and Maa NHS.

“Magpa-booster na aron naa kay additional 25-fold protection, protect yourself against the severity of the disease (Get your booster shot now to have additional 25-fold protection, protect yourself against the severity of the disease),” Dr. Schlosser said.

The Department of Health (DOH) Davao, in its January 31, 2022, COVID-19 status report in Davao region, showed that 81.06 percent (11,741) of the 14,484 active cases were unvaccinated; 18.23 percent were fully vaccinated, and 0.70 percent were partially vaccinated.

Of the unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, 27 were severe cases while 10 were critical. The rest were either moderate (132), mild (4,425), or asymptomatic (7,147) cases.

Among the 2,461 fully vaccinated individuals, only one was critical; seven were severe cases; 65 were moderate; 1,029 were mild, and 1,539 were asymptomatic.

At least 102 of the COVID-19 patients were partially vaccinated with zero severe and critical cases; three moderate; 30 mild; and 69 asymptomatic.

Dr. Schlosser added, “Bakuna works (The vaccine works)! Vaccination provides protection against severe and critical cases of COVID-19, especially when boosters are given.”

As of February 4, 2022, Davao City has administered booster shots to 181,757 of the 1,248,068 fully vaccinated individuals.

“Ginapaspasan nato run ang pagpa-booster that’s why open tanan atong vaccination sites (We are hastening the booster rollout that’s why all our vaccination sites are open),” she said. CIO