Duque lauds Davao City’s vaccination preps

Duque lauds Davao City’s vaccination preps
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte (left) and Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during the Davao City Covid-19 Vaccination Program press conference. (NF Photo by Armando Fenequito)

DAVAO CITY – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III congratulated this city’s extent of preplanning for the Davao City COVID-19 vaccination deployment and communication plan.

“As we did the walk through, all elements were laid out and we commend Mayor Sara and the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) to ensure that the plan is crystal clear,” he said.

Along with Duque are members of the Coordinated Operations to Defeat Epidemic (CODE) team composed of National Task Force Covid-19 Response chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez, Jr., Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr.,Cabinet Secretary Secretary Karlo Nograles and other national officials.

The team met with Mayor Sara Duterte  and discussed the National Action Plan (NAP) Against COVID-19 Phase III and the National Deployment and Vaccination Plan.

The CODE team also had a walk through at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) and A. Mabini Elementary School, which are the identified vaccination sites of the city.

“We noticed the impressive preparations and simulations they showed and all plans are clearly aligned with the national deployment in the grand vaccination plan,” he added.

To ensure proper handling of the vaccine, this city conducted three simulation exercises on February 10, February 12 and February 15.

“You execute it very well. We in the national government will ensure that the vaccination roll-out will be successful not only in Davao City but in the country as well,” he further added.

Duterte thanked the CODE team who presented the national plans on the deployment of the vaccines.

“Today’s visit is one that certainly a cause for hope. Here we are, a year after the initial entry into the country of a virus that has since killed the lives of 11,000 Filipinos. And now, we are finally awaiting the arrival of the vaccines,” she said.

 “We look forward to the roll-out of the vaccines, the inoculation of Dabawenyos, and the eventual achievements of herd immunity for while we do not know when this pandemic will end, we are at least certain that soon we may finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” she said.