COVID-19 vaccination of frontline workers eyed by mid-May, June

The national government targets to begin the COVID-19 vaccination of frontline workers by mid-May or June, an official said Monday.

According to Inter-Agency Task Force Against COVID-19, those included in the A4 priority group were already approved last week.

The government continues the COVID-19 vaccination of A1 to A3 groups or health workers, citizens, and persons with comorbidities, Nograles added.

“Around end of May to maybe June kasi that’s the time na marami rin tayong makukuhang bakuna,” the official told ANC’s Headstart. “Probably mid-May to June pwede na po (ang A4).”

(Around end of May to maybe June because that’s the time we will receive more vaccines…Probably mid-May to June we can begin inoculating the A4 group.)

The A4 COVID-19 vaccination group includes:

  • Commuter transport (land, air, and sea), including logistics
  • Public and private, wet and dry market
  • Frontline workers in groceries, supermarkets, delivery services
  • Workers in manufacturing for food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Frontline workers in food retail, including food service delivery
  • Frontline workers in private and government financial services
  • Frontline workers in hotels and accommodation establishments
  • Priests, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders

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COVID-19 vaccination of frontline workers eyed by mid-May, June

  • Security guards/personnel assigned in offices, agencies, and organizations identified in the list of priority industries/sectors
  • Frontline workers in private and government media
  • Customer-facing personnel of telecoms, cable and internet service providers, electricity distribution and water distribution utilities
  • Frontline personnel in basic education and higher education institutions and agencies
  • Overseas Filipino workers, including those scheduled for deployment within 2 months
  • Frontline workers in law/justice, security, and social protection sectors
  • Frontline government workers engaged in the operations of government transport system, quarantine inspection; worker safety inspection and other COVID-19 response activities
  • Frontline government workers in charge of tax collection, assessment of businesses for incentives, election, national ID, data collection personnel
  • Diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel in consular operations
  • Department of Public Works and Highways personnel in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects

The Philippines has vaccinated 1.25 million doses of vaccines as of April 13.