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OFW, economic frontliners next in inoculation list

MJ Blancaflor

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The country’s pandemic task force has approved the list of workers deemed as essential during the health crisis that will be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccination, Malacañang announced Friday.

The list — which prioritized frontline workers in markets, grocery stores, commuter transport, and food delivery services — was revised to include people in the sectors of media and education.

On the top of the list are those involved in commuter transport whether by land, air, and sea, including logistics; public and private markets and grocery stores; food delivery services; and manufacturing of food, beverage, medical, and pharmaceutical products.

Frontline employees in private and government financial services, as well as workers in hotels and accommodation establishments are included in the list.
Church leaders and officials such as priests, rabbis, and imams are also deemed as essential workers.

Employees identified in the list of priority industries or sectors, namely, telecoms, cable, internet providers, electricity and water distribution utilities, as well as basic education and higher education institutions are also included.

Workers in law, justice, security, and protection sectors, and overseas Filipino workers, including those scheduled for deployment within two months are also prioritized for vaccination.

Also included are frontline government workers engaged in the operations of state transport system, quarantine inspection; worker safety inspection and other Covid-19 response activities; tax collection, assessment of businesses for incentives, election, national ID, and data collection.

The diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs personnel in consular operations, as well as employees of the Department of Public Works and Highways in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects are also part of the list.

They will be vaccinated after the ongoing inoculation of health workers, senior citizens, and people with comorbidities, said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.

The health department has previously urged companies and agencies to start issuing certificates of A4 eligibility to prevent delays once the vaccine rollout for the group begins.

The certificates should be signed by company owners or human resources unit heads, the department said.

They were also encouraged to provide logistics support, such as the transportation of workers during their vaccination.

Over 1.2 people in the Philippines have received either the Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccine as of 13 April.

The country has logged 904,285 Covid-19 cases with 705,164 recoveries and 15,594 deaths as of Thursday afternoon.

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