DAVAO CITY – The city health office will put up additional vaccination sites here to expedite the vaccination process.
Dr. Ashley Lopez, Davao City Health Office acting head, said the city currently has 11 operational vaccination sites aside from private hospitals which offer immunization.
The city government targets to open at least nine more vaccination sites. “At least naa tay ma-set up nga baynte ka mga vaccination sites in different strategic places in different districts in Davao City, so that ma-cater nato as much as possible tanang mga vaccinees nato (At least we hope to set up 20 vaccination sites in different strategic places in different districts in Davao City, so that we can cater to more vaccinees as much as possible),” Lopez said in a radio interview Wednesday.
The city government targets to inoculate 500 to 700 more individuals per day with the additional sites.
According to Lopez, Davao City is among the prioritized metropolitan areas in the country that will be provided larger allocation of vaccines.
The city targets to inoculate 1.2 million individuals. “Kita, naa ta’y target nga 1.2 million. That’s the reason why we belong to the priority city nga tagaan og dakong alokasyon aning mga bakuna (We have a target of 1.2 million (population). That’s the reason why we belong to the priority city that will be allocated larger doses of vaccines),” Lopez said.
He said adding more vaccination sites will also ensure that the vaccines will be consumed before they expire.
As of May 15, the city has received 29,119 doses of COVID-19 vaccines.
Meanwhile, Dr. Mike Jamiana, medical director of Brokenshire Hospital, said they cater to over 300 vaccinees everyday. “300 quota per day, pero malapas kay naay walk-in na mga senior citizens (We have a 300 quota daily, but we exceed that because of the walk-in clients who are senior citizens),” Jamiana said.
Jamiana said they go beyond the eight-hour duty to serve more individuals who avail of their vaccination service. “Pero okay lang kay part na pud ni sa among community service (But it is okay because it is part of our community service),” he added.
Jamiana said that among the private hospitals in the city, the vaccination center in Brokenshire Hospital, which is located in Madapo Hills, has the biggest facility to accommodate vaccinees. (With a report from Keith Bacongco)