GET BOOSTED. Department of Health in Davao Region Assistant Regional Secretary Dr. Gerna Manatad advises the public during a press conference Monday (Aug. 15, 2022) to obtain booster shots, especially with the ongoing Kadayawan Festival in Davao City. She points out that 628 new cases have been recorded in Davao Region during the first week of the month, including 11 deaths. (PNA photo)

DAVAO CITY – Majority of the 628 new coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in Davao Region from Aug. 1-7 involved unvaccinated people, including 11 who succumbed to the disease, the Department of Health (DOH-11) reported Monday.

Dr. Gerna Manatad, DOH-11 assistant regional director, said the figure is 34.5 percent higher than the Covid-19 cases recorded from July 25-31.

The data also indicated that 11 deaths were logged during the period. Three severe and critical cases were also recorded.

“We have to increase our vaccination rate, especially for the vulnerable individuals,” Manatad said, as she called on those who spread false information on the Covid-19 vaccines to "reflect on their behavior.”

DOH-11 launched the PinasLakas campaign on July 26 to bring the vaccination closer to the public by installing vaccination sites in communities and places of convergence.

DOH-11 maintains that when people complete their primary and booster vaccines, they would be able to live and work worry-free, learn more about safety, and avoid expenses associated with Covid-19 hospitalizations.

“According to the presidential directive for the first 100 days of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the region should accomplish 50 percent coverage of booster shots by October 8,” Manatad said.

Currently, individuals with boosters in the region only totaled 542,583, comprising 27 percent of its target population.

Manatad said Davao City is close to reaching its target with a 42 percent record of individuals with booster doses; followed by Davao del Norte at 22.5 percent; and Davao Oriental with 21. 6 percent.

“The rest of the areas in the region are still below 20 percent,” she noted. (PNA)