THE CITY recorded a significant increase in the number of individuals who availed of the anti-COVID vaccine for almost all population age groups. 

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson, said the city hit 102.39 percent in its first dose vaccination drive and 100.60 percent in the second dose vaccination of the 80.67 percent, or 1,327,323 of the total population (1,531,004) as of August 26, 2022. 

“So far, nagataas na gyud atoang output (So far, our output is increasing),” Schlosser said during the COVID-19 Alert program of the 87.5 Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) program aired on Wednesday, August 31.

She said the first booster dose reached 42.53 percent while the second booster jab improved by 8.14 percent.

High vaccination turnout was also recorded among college students as it is required for their face-to-face classes.

The city health official said, “We’re very happy also ang atong 12-17 almost 100 percent na fully vaccinated 12-17 almost 100 percent na fully vaccinated from our target. Ang atoang 18-59 years old, niabot na sa 125.72 percent (We’re also very happy that our 12 to 17 who are fully vaccinated is nearing almost 100 percent from our target. The 18 to 59 years old vaccination is now at 125.72 percent).

In the pediatric five to 11 years old, Schlosser said that from seven percent, the fully vaccinated number rose by 12.78 percent as of August 26.

She added, “Medyo niangat gyud sya. Hopefully, magtaas pa ni sya (It slightly increased. Hopefull, it will continue to improve).”

Meanwhile, the Bakuna para sa Katawhan sa Kadayawan held on Saturdays of August inoculated a total of 2,421 individuals – 855 on August 13, 676 on August 20, and 890 on August 27.

Schlosser said the Vaccination Cluster and the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force sees the importance of holding vaccinations during weekends when Dabawenyos are mostly available to visit the vaccination sites. 

This is why they are discussing the possibility of extending the vaccination to Saturdays or Sundays.

The city’s district health centers currently cater to the COVID-19 vaccination from Mondays to Fridays. 


Source: Mindanao Times (