Davao vax hotlines up 24/7 especially for senior citizens

Davao vax hotlines up 24/7 especially for senior citizens
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DAVAO CITY – The city government here has opened hotline numbers where Dabawenyos can call or send messages on vaccine-related questions and concerns 24 hours a week.

Dabawenyos can call or send messages to 0961 073 4965 for Smart, and 0927 022 9087 for Globe.

Dr. Josephine Villafuerte, head of the Davao City’s Vaccination Cluster, said that while the hotline caters to all Dabawenyos, it will mainly serve the senior citizens as the next priority for the vaccination.

“This hotline is for all who have questions and concerns regarding vaccination registration, but most especially to Dabawenyo senior citizens who are next in the priority list of vaccines,” she added.

Given the risks for seniors and other vulnerable persons, it was decided to utilize the hotlines so that those who will register for vaccination will know what to do and where to go.

“These numbers, which were initially used as hotline numbers for those experiencing Adverse Effects Following Immunization (AEFI), are now available for Dabawenyos 24/7,” she added.

On the other hand, Villafuerte urged the senior citizens to get vaccinated as the listing for vaccination is still ongoing and is being done by the district through in-person appearances in the barangay hall and health centers.

“Initially, those who would like to have themselves listed should go to their district and barangay health centers but there are others who do not know where their district health offices are or which district they belong to so they can ask through the hotlines.

We hope that this can be more convenient for them,” she said.

Currently, the City Health Office (CHO) has listed more than 120,000 senior citizens in the city under Priority Group A2 to be inoculated as soon as the Priority Group A1 or the frontline workers are done getting their anti-Covid jabs.