Vaccination of 77,189 senior citizens in Davao City slated

Published March 11, 2021, 3:21 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – The city government of Davao plans to start the inoculation of 77,189 indigent and non-indigent senior citizens once the vaccination of all frontline health workers will be completed, City Health Office (CHO) acting head Dr. Ashley Lopez said.

Lopez said the city is currently negotiating with private primary and secondary hospitals to serve as host facilities for the vaccination of senior citizens identified based on the list of the Office of the Senior Citizen Affairs.

He said the city government wants to get the vaccination of senior members of the vulnerable sector done in the hospitals as they have to be monitored immediately after taking COVID-19 vaccine.

Lopez said the senior citizens are among the individuals who are in the government’s priority list for vaccination program against the deadly COVID-19.

He added that they hope to complete vaccination of all frontline health workers in two weeks.

After senior citizens, Lopez said the city will proceed with the vaccination of 432,549 indigent Dabawenyos based on the list of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, to be followed by 5,200 members of the security forces.

The Davao region has been allocated 33,600 doses of Sinovac by the national government. Out of the total, 20,000 doses were given to the city, which could vaccinate around 10,000 individuals.

The city has a total of 16,800 frontline health workers who need to get vaccinated, according to Lopez.

Aside from Sinovac, Lopez added that 20,000 doses of the vaccines, developed by British firm Astrazeneca in collaboration with Oxford University, arrived in the city Wednesday.

The city targets to inoculate around 1.2 million people to achieve herd immunity.