THREE unvaccinated senior citizens succumbed to COVID-19 between March 13 to 19, the Davao City COVID-19 Task Force revealed.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the spokesperson of the Davao COVID-19 Task Force, said, “Our recent deaths so far were unvaxxed seniors.”
In a recent interview with the City Information Office, she said the COVID-19 casualties were severe to critical cases and required hospital care.
“We have three deaths overall. All of them were unvaccinated. Importante hilabi na sa mga age group na 60-above na magpabakuna gyud (It is important, especially for the 60 years old and above age group, to really get vaccinated),” she said.
A two-dose vaccination with a booster of the anti-COVID-19 vaccine, according to her, would boost a person’s immunity against the coronavirus and provide protection against the severity of the disease, thus reducing the risk of getting severe to critical symptoms that may lead to death.
She said fully vaccinated individuals and those who received booster doses only manifest mild or no symptoms at all when they contract COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Dr. Schlosser, during the Bida Bakunado program of 87.5 FM Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) on March 25, 2022, said that from the 1.8 percent recorded in the past, the COVID-19 positivity rate in the city slightly increased to two percent by March 25, 2022.
“Karon naa ta’y 12 active cases with two percent positivity rate, still very low sa atoang five percent positivity rate (We have 12 active cases today with two percent positivity rate, still very low compared to our previous five percent positivity rate),” she said, adding that the’ sense of responsibility and discipline of Davaoeños, along with protection from the vaccine and booster doses, will add a layer of protection against infection or the severe symptoms of the disease.
She also reiterated the adherence to the wearing of face masks and frequent handwashing to help contain the COVID-19 transmission amid the more relaxed Alert Level 1 status of the city.
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