Davao City to offer express lane for vaccination of OFWs in August

Published July 30, 2021, 11:23 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The city government is planning to put up an express lane for vaccination against COVID-19 exclusive to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) by next month.

Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said the tentative schedule for the express lane is “on the second or third week of August.”

Schlosser added that the OFW express lane aims to assist OFWs who are required to get full doses of vaccination for their employment abroad “Mao nang next vaccination rollout nato kasi we are also looking into ilahang convenience kay naa man gyud mga OFWs na stuck sila dili sila kagawas because wala pa sila na vaccine (That will be our next vaccination rollout because we are looking into their convenience since some OFWs are stuck here and can’t depart because they still haven’t been vaccinated),” she said on Wednesday’s edition of the Covid-19 Alert program over Davao City Disaster Radio.

She said some OFWs were required by their employers to get vaccinated with a specific brand of anti-COVID-19 vaccines like Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson.

An Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) personnel assists one of the 138 repatriated Overseas Filipino Worker who arrived in Davao City direct from Dhaka, Bangladesh last July 15. (Keith Bacongco)

Schlosser, however, clarified that Sinovac remains effective in protecting a vaccinee from severe symptoms of COVID-19 even if it is not recognized by some countries.

“I-emphasize lang pud nako nga dili nagapasabot nga iba imong brand dili naka protected (I’d like to emphasize that it does not mean you have a different vaccine brand that you can’t be protected),” she said.

“Whether it be Sinovac, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, or Pfizer, or Gamaleya, for that matter, ang tanan tumong gyud is protection against COVID-19 (they all aim to protect us against COVID-19),” Schlosser added.