Davao City opens COVID-19 vaccination program registration

Published February 12, 2021, 10:48 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

The local government of Davao has opened the registration for individuals, aged 18 years old and above, who wish to enlist for the free COVID-19 immunization.

(photo via Antonio Colina)

In an interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5) on Thursday (Feb. 11), COVID-19 Vaccination Program head Dr. Josephine Villafuerte said Davao residents can reserve for the vaccines by having themselves registered with their health districts.

A former head of the City Health Office, Villafuerte said each vaccination team will only accommodate 100 clients per day under the intensive vaccination process, which involves registration, counseling, screening, vaccination, and post-vaccination process.

Pregnant women will not be permitted to receive the vaccines.

Registered individuals must follow their designation vaccination schedule where the local government targets to vaccinate around 1.2 million of the city’s population to achieve herd immunity.

Villafuerte said the city government is also working on an electronic registration system through the SafeDavao QR (DQR), which is currently used as an electronic contract-tracing system.

Under the Ordinance for the Implementation of the COVID-19 Immunization Program passed last February 2, the order of individuals, prioritized for the immunization program will be:
·      Frontliner health workers from the private and public sector currently on active practice/service, regardless if permanent, contractual, job order, and/or outsourced employees or staff
·      Indigent senior citizens registered and as determined by the Department of Social Welfare and Development
·      Remaining senior citizens who are not categorized as indigent
·      All enlisted uniformed personnel in active services under military, police, Philippine Coast Guard, Bureau of Fire Protection, and Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU).

The next to be prioritized will be:
·      All teachers and school workers, whether permanent, job order, contractual or outsourced in all education levels, from primary, secondary, tertiary, and vocational educational institutions, both private and public
·      All government workers whether permanent, job order, contractual or outsourced
·      Essential workers in industries identified by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Department of Labor and Employment
·      Socio-demographic groups at significant higher risk other than senior citizen and indigent populations
·      Eligible students in primary, secondary, tertiary, and vocational educational institutions
·      Filipino migrant workers who reside in another country for a limited period of time that were not vaccinated
·      All remaining Filipino workforce as determined by DOLE, DTI, and Civil Service Commission.

As of February 11, DOH-Davao Region reported 100 new cases, bringing the total cases to 18,653, with 2,511 active, 15,376 recoveries, and 766 deaths in the region.

Out of the total, Davao City, which reported the highest COVID-19 cases in Mindanao, tallied 12,324 cases, with 1,316 active, 10,416 recoveries, and 592 deaths.