To attract more Dabawenyos to get booster shots, the city government now offers a kilo of rice for every person who avails of additional protection against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, the Davao City Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson, noted Thursday the minimal growth from the previously announced 16 percent of the city’s fully immunized individuals who received the booster shots.
“We are offering this for anyone who will get the booster in any operational vaccination hub in the city,” Schlosser said, adding the free rice will be provided until supply lasts.
Latest data from the task force showed that 252,267 or 19.24 percent of the 1,311,008 fully immunized individuals in the city have received their first booster shots.
Of the number, 734 or 0.29 percent had been administered with their second booster dose.
The same data indicated that the low figure was caused by an existing rule to serve first the immunocompromised individuals for the second booster dose during the first rollout.
Schlosser said they are now open to administering the second booster shots to all A1, A2, and A3 priority groups after receiving the directive from the Department of Health.
Medical frontliners (A1), senior citizens (A2), and adults with comorbidities (A3) can start getting their second booster shots at least three months after receiving the first booster dose, she said.
Schlosser added fast lanes have been set up for business processing outsource (BPO) workers at the People’s Park and for public utility drivers at the Crocodile Park.
The two parks are operational from Mondays to Saturdays, catering to 12-years-old and above vaccinees needing primary and booster doses.
Parents and guardians of children aged five to 11 are also urged to process the vaccination of the latter to protect them as more schools are now engaged in face-to-face classes.
Source: Philippines News Agency