OFFICIALS have not recorded adverse or fatal effects of the anti-COVID vaccines administered to Davaoeños as they reported only mild side effects and short-lasting effects that disappeared hours after the vaccination.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the spokesperson of the COVID-19 Task Force, said during the Bida Bakunado Program of the Davao City Disaster Radio, that the issues were resolved on their own within 24 hours of the vaccination.
“So far, wala ta na tala na rare and fatal,” she said, adding that the city government, together with the Department of Health (DoH), will immediately investigate should there be reports of major or fatal effects on the vaccinated person.
Doctors and hospitals that will attend to the concern are also on standby.
59 vax sites
Meanwhile, Schossler said that 59 vaccination sites were already managed by the CHO hospitals, while the private sector will fast-track the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccination program.
The private sector is focused on the A4 priority group or the essential workers.
“Mas daghan atong sectoral sites kay mas daghan sila, mao man gud atong working population, so daghan pud atong gi-open nga sites. Daghan na ta coverage sa atong A4, nag-sectoral pa ta (We have more sectoral vaccination sites as they are our working population so we opened more sites. We have already covered a lot of those in the A4 and we still put up sectoral sites),” Schossler said.
Since other sites perform vaccination even during weekends, essential workers can now grab the opportunity to be inoculated without disrupting their weekday work.
But the CHO official said that employers must support their employees who want to get vaccinated, saying, “Isa ra atong tumong nga ma vaccinize tanan og ma-eradicate ang virus (We all want to be vaccinated or to eradicate the virus). I’m pretty sure ilahang mga employers (their employers) are very supportive of the local government activities like this.”
She also said that they are just waiting for the city’s allocation of the AstraZeneca vaccines from the Department of Health XI, which recently received 133,000 doses from the national government. Schossler assured that Davaoeños who received their first dose of AstraZeneca will soon have their second shots.
As of July 15, the Davao City Vaccination Cluster recorded a total of 290,946 received their first anti-COVID-19 vaccine shots – 47,050 in the A1 group (health care workers), 74,313 in A2 (senior citizens), 100,731 in A3 (persons with comorbidities), 61,137 in A4 (essential workers), and 7,715 in A5 (indigents).
At least 112,499 got their second doses (34,246 A1; 14,324 A2; 54,379 A3, 299 A4; and 674 A5). The city government aims to reach 1.2 million vaccinated people to achieve herd immunity.
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