Contact tracing to boost vax drive in Davao city

DAVAO CITY—Contact tracing for Covid-19 infection would be kicked into high gear, this time to do family profiling to help city health staff in their mobile vaccination and targeting communities to ensure coverage higher vaccination.

Dr. Michelle Schlosser, spokeswoman for the City Covid-19 Task Force, said contact tracers had undergone family profiling training to help the immunization cluster and its partners, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and the United Children’s Fund (Unicef), in the door-to-door mobile vaccination that would be carried out in the barangays.

“Today, we have already trained contact tracers to do family profiling. Once the family profiling is done, we will consolidate the data to know who among the families has not yet received the Covid-19 vaccine because the mobile vaccination team will go after them,” she said.

She said that family profiling has been developed for door-to-door mobile vaccination more effectively to achieve better vaccination results for boosters, first dose and second dose among the population group of 12 years and above. .

Dr Schlosser said the city has a target population and an actual population “but sometimes vaccination in the target population is either too fast or too slow”.

“We need to have a real population to know the real number of people vaccinated, so we will do family profiling. Apart from that, we are going to involve the barangays, especially the officials from the barangay health emergency response teams. They will help district health offices to identify barangays in their districts that have low vaccination rates or have people who have not yet been vaccinated). »

Family profiling will first be carried out in Bunawan in the northeast and Toril in the southwest.

She said they anticipate rejection and refusal from some barangay residents, but “a refusal does not mean they have to stop their efforts to convince the Dabawenyos to get vaccinated or do a booster shot.”

“That’s why it’s mobile vaccination, because we’re bringing vaccination, as well as education. We will keep coming back to them until we convince them of the importance and benefits of the vaccine,” she added.

She said that fixed vaccination centers in strategic areas of the city are still open for walk-in visits from Monday to Friday, while those in Crocodile Park and People’s Park are open until Saturday for walk-in visits. appointment and drive-thru. Its center at Abreeza Ayala Malls is open until Sunday, April 3 for first, second, missed and booster doses.