DABAWENYOS to have digital vax certificate

Fully vaccinated Dabawenyos will soon be able to secure digital vaccination certificates as the national government targets to roll out the COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate or VaxCertPH program, an online portal, on September 30 to other regions.

COVID-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser, during Tuesday’s interview, bared that after the soft-launching of the VaxCertPH program in Metro Manila and Baguio City, which was initially available only to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and foreign travelers, the national government is set to launch it in other areas, including Davao City.

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Schlosser said that the Davao City Information Technology Center (CITC) is working closely with the national government to set the launching of the program nationwide before September ends. 

The LGUs are tasked to submit the list of vaccinees through the Vaccine Information Management System (VIMS). The online portal was developed by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the Department of Health (DOH).

Data from the Davao City Vaccination shows that as of September 16, there are now a total of 433,478 fully vaccinated Dabawenyos while 677,415 have already received their first dose. The City Government targets to inoculate around 1.2 million of the city’s 1.8 million population.

The vaccination certificate is purposely for those who are planning to travel abroad as countries are now requiring people entering their country to be fully vaccinated. The certificate will serve as proof that an individual has completed the required doses.

“Ang vaccination certificate very needed kaayo ni siya when you travel especially sa mga OFWs. Naa tay mga countries that are requiring vaccination, fully vaccinated individuals. Moa jud ang pinaka-purpose ani niya (The vaccination certificates are very important when you travel abroad, especially for the OFWs. Some countries are requiring travelers to be fully vaccinated. That’s the main purpose of the certificates),” she said.

She added, “Also, we would want nga ma-access gyud siya sa bawat individual if they want a certificate whether traveling sila or dili. Again, the final rollout to other LGUs outside sa initial nga na-launch will be on September 30 (We would want the online platform to be accessible to the public, traveling or not. Again, the final rollout of the program to other LGUs will be on September 30).”

The Davao COVID-19 Task Force official said that the unified digital certificate will help address the rampant proliferation of counterfeit vaccination cards as it indicates a unique nine-digit number that stands as the Certificate ID number. It also contains the individual’s personal information and the holder’s vaccination status.

In an earlier radio interview on Monday, September 20, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte asserted that the city is now working hand-in-hand with the DITC to iron out the program before it can be made available to the general public.

“Naay second pilot ang Vax Certificate, and apil ang Davao City. Ang atong City Information Technology Center (CITC) is working with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for this (There is a second pilot for the VaxCertPH and Davao City is part of it. Our CITC is working with the DICT for this),” Duterte said.CIO

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Mayor Duterte went to SM Lanang vaccination site, Buhangin Central Elementary School, the Marino Partylist Vaccination Program at the Matina Town Square (MTS), and Matina Apalaya Central Elementary School vaccination site.

Sara expressed her gratitude to all our health and non-health frontlines, partner government agencies, and private sector partners.

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PHILIPPINE COVID-19 vaccine inventory at 41.5 million

PH receives 2-M more Sinovac doses

Around two million Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine doses procured by the government were delivered on Thursday evening (Aug.12), raising the total vaccines in the country to nearly 41.5 million.

The airplane carrying the vaccine shipment arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 past 7:00 p.m. and was witnessed by National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.

Galvez said in an interview that the vaccines will be allocated nationwide. One million doses will be given to National Capital Region (NCR) plus 8 areas. The remaining half will be handed over to other provinces.

“May darating tayo na halos magkasabay naman, ‘yung four million na Sinovac at one million na Sinopharm… ‘Yung two million [na Sinovac], ibibigay natin sa different provinces, at ‘yung two million is sa NCR, plus mga areas na may surge,” Galvez said.

More than 800,000 Pfizer doses were delivered to the country on Aug. 11. This is the second biggest shipment of the said brand procured by the national government.

Galvez said these will be given to Metro Manila and other highly urbanized areas.

Around 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines and 15,000 Sputnik V Component 2 are expected to be delivered on Aug. 13.

The vaccine czar also explained that the delay in the delivery of the Sputnik V second component is due to “a challenge on the production,” considering that the manufacturer is supplying to around 50 countries. – Report from Ryan Lesigues/AG-bny

40% of MetroManila population vaccinated

At least 40% of the National Capital Region’s (NCR) population have already been given a shot of COVID-19 vaccine, data from the Department of Health (DOH) showed.

Elderly residents wait for their turn to get the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 in Manila on March 30, 2021, after the government imposed stricter lockdown, as hospitals in the capital struggle to cope with a surge in coronavirus infections. (Photo by Jam STA ROSA / AFP)/ File

As of Aug. 10, a total of 5,644,312 first doses have been administered, while 28% or 3,932,704 individuals have been given their second dose.

San Juan City has already achieved herd immunity after completely vaccinating 78.03% of its target population, or an equivalent of 98,590 second doses administered.

Around 116.68% of its target beneficiaries or 147,421 have been given their initial shot.

“We were able to do it in just two weeks from the SONA [State of the Nation Address], and we are three weeks ahead of the schedule, kasi ang target po namin noon ay Aug. 31,” San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said in the Aug. 10 Palace briefing.

Zamora said they will continue their vaccination rollout to A4 individuals who are not residents of the city, as long as they have registered online.

The rollout will also coincide with the distribution of cash assistance amid the current enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Meanwhile, Pateros Mayor Miguel Ponce III said they are aiming to achieve herd immunity this month. As of Aug. 9, a total of 51,732 have been given their first dose, while 30,846 have completed their doses.

“Ito ay tinaasan na namin na target, from 70%, ginawa na po naming 80% ito… Ngayon ang tao po hindi na pinipilit magpabakuna, sila na po ang eager na eager na lumapit sa atin,” Ponce said.

As for other NCR cities, Manila City also surpassed its 800,000 population target for population protection, with 946,734 first dose recipients and 667,148 second dose recipients.

 Mandaluyong City has vaccinated 31,000 of their target senior citizen population.

Quezon City has recorded its highest daily vaccination output on Aug. 10 at 55,508 jabs administered, bringing the total vaccines administered to 1.7 million. – Report from Patrick de Jesus/AG-jlo