MANILA, Philippines — Majority of COVID-19 cases recorded in Davao City last week have not received anti-coronavirus vaccines, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio said.
In a statement, Duterte said that 91.13 percent of the city’s 3,304 cases from Sept. 5 to 11 were unvaccinated while 8.86 percent are vaccinated.
Of the 293 vaccinated COVID-19 cases, she said 148 received Sinovac shots, 72 got AstraZeneca, 62 got Pfizer, six with Moderna, four got Johnson & Johnson, and one had Sputnik.
Duterte-Carpio said most of the vaccines rolled out in the city were Sinovac, which explains the recorded number of cases and the brand they received.
She also stressed that all of the vaccinees who contracted COVID-19 only manifested mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.
“Makita nato numbers ni sya nga gikuha nato sa positive cases nato sa COVID-19. Dunay dako nga diperensya kung vaccinated ka o unvaccinated ka. This should guide us nga magdecide magpabakuna na,” Duterte-Carpio said in an interview over the city-run radio station on Monday.
(We see the numbers of our COVID-19 positive cases. There is a big difference if you are vaccinated or unvaccinated. This should guide us to decide to get inoculated.)
Meanwhile, from September 5 to 11, Davao City logged 59 deaths. Of this number, 55 or 93.22 percent were unvaccinated while four or 6.77 were vaccinated.
Of the four vaccinated deaths, two got Sinovac jabs while the other two received Pfizer shots. Some vaccinated individuals who either become severe or critical COVID-19 cases and eventually die, usually have not completed their second doses.
“Dili na ta kinahanglan mupili og bakuna because there’s that chance sa tanang klase sa bakuna nga magpositive gihapon ka sa COVID-19,” Mayor Sara said.
(We don’t need to choose a vaccine brand because there’s that chance that all kinds of vaccines will still not prevent you from getting infected with COVID-19.)
“Ang importante lang dapat masabtan sa tanan dili ta severe or critical case nga kinahanglan ta musulod dinha sa ospital og magpakitabang sa atong mga doctors og mga health care workers nga overwhelmed na, gikapoy na sila, wala na silay pahulay, nangahadlok na sila. And in fact, very recently, namatyan sila diha sa SPMC og health care worker,” she added.
(What’s important is for everybody to understand that we won’t be a severe or critical case that would need to be hospitalized and get help from our doctors and health care workers who are already overwhelmed, tired, without rest, and scared. Just recently, an SPMC health care worker died.)
Duterte-Carpio also stressed the need for people to understand that with the COVID-19 response, the hospitals need not be overwhelmed since hospital beds, oxygen tanks, doctors, and nurses can no longer take more patients.
“Magpabakuna ba ko bisag there is a chance nga mag positive ko? Yes! Kay makatabang nga dili ka maging severe or critical case,” she said.
(Will I still get vaccinated even if there is a chance that I’ll be infected with COVID-19? Yes! Because it would help you not to become a severe or critical case.)
She also reminded the public not to be complacent and to continue adhering to social distancing, and other public health protocols since 90 percent of the city’s population has yet to be vaccinated.
As of September 12, Davao City has logged 8,700 active cases of the total 43,039 COVID-19 cases since March 2020 with 33,027 total recoveries and 1,312 deaths.