Mayor Sara Duterte said they are considering incentives such as gift checks for groceries that will be given for people who have taken the first dose.
With the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines for workers and employees in the city in place, questions are now raised on how to handle safety in workplaces when there are still employees who are not vaccinated.
Dr. Michelle Schlosser, Davao City’s COVID task force focal person, attributed this to the malfunctioning of a molecular laboratory extraction machine to run swab specimens at the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) which is still under repair.
With the surge of active cases, the city government last week allowed the inclusion of a homecare program to augment its COVID-19 response with Davao Doctors Hospital.
Mayor Sara Duterte said on Monday over Davao City Disaster Radio “there is a severe shortage because of the outbreak in hospitals.” She did not disclose how many frontliners have been downed by the coronavirus.
Maj. General Romeo Brawner Jr,. Commander of the 4th Infantry Division said 3 of the 10 NPA fighters including a minor who were apprehended in the September 8 encounter in San Fernando town in Bukidnon tested positive of the coronavirus.
The health official said family gatherings and events may have contributed to the high transmission of COVID-19, especially with the Delta variant that spreads faster.
This mandatory policy covers all 20,522 City Government Employees including job orders, contract of services, volunteers and consultants.
It can be recalled that Caraga was the only region in the Philippines that had no delta cases as announced by the DOH last August.
Mayor Sara Duterte says there is still no possibility of placing the city under ECQ despite the increasing rate of COVID-19 cases in Davao City.