Davao City to give COVID-19 booster shots after achieving herd immunity

Published November 11, 2021, 7:46 AM

by Zea Capistrano

DAVAO CITY – The city government here said it is open to roll out anti-COVID booster shots to residents after the city has vaccinated over 1.2 million individuals and achieved herd immunity.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nov. 10, Davao City COVID-19 Task Force Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said to be eligible for booster shot, there must first be herd immunity.

Schlosser added that “booster shots will be rendered futile or useless if the city has not reached herd immunity yet.”

“Ang DOH wala pay gihatag na guidelines for a booster shot and we are assuming kay wala paman nato na achieve ang herd immunity (DOH has yet to give guidelines and we are assuming that it is because we have not achieved herd immunity)” Schlosser said.

As of November 10, Davao City already vaccinated a total of 909,149 (69.94 percent of the target population) for the first dose and 836,122 (64.32 percent of the target population) for the second dose.

The city aims to vaccinate a total of 1,299,895 or 70 percent of the population by the end of the month.

Mayor Sara Duterte said that the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has reminded local chief executives to fast track the vaccination drive to reach 16,695 vaccinations per day.

Duterte said the city currently conducts 10,000-12,000 vaccinations per day.