MASS VACCINATION. The Davao City government is organizing a mass vaccination drive for the remaining Saturdays of August. The city aims to repeat the success of the previous vaccination drive achieved from July 26 to 30, 2022. (Photo courtesy of the Davao City government)

DAVAO CITY – To further raise the number of vaccinated Dabawenyos, the City Government of Davao will conduct a mass vaccination drive dubbed “Bakuna Saturdays” for children five years and above at the People's Park starting August 13.

Vaccination Cluster representative Dr. Zamzam Zailon on Friday underscored the importance of sustained mass vaccination after the success of the pre-Kadayawan special vaccination drive from July 26 to 30.

“During the special mass vaccination, the city was able to inoculate 1,125 Dabawenyos. We aim for a bigger result for the Bakuna Saturdays,” Zailon said.

He said the Bakuna Saturdays would offer first and second doses, as well as booster shots.

Booster shots, however, will not be given to immunocompromised individuals.

Data from the Department of Health showed that the city has 99.9 percent coverage as of August 8.

However, this city and several provinces in the Davao region have low collective turnouts for booster vaccinations, data from the regional health office showed.

In the whole region, only 540,462 individuals have acquired the first booster shots while only 64,980 got the second booster jabs.

“The effects of the first and second doses of anti-Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) vaccines will eventually wane, so let us not be lax. Booster shots will save lives,” Covid-19 Task Force spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser said. (PNA)