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Bulk of vaccines to 1,500 barangays

The guidelines for the vaccination of A4 and A5 are already in place. It gives the LGU the leeway to implement it.

Jom Garner

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The bulk of the country’s vaccine supplies will be used in 1,500 barangays in the country that have been identified as “centers of gravity” of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to National Task Force against Covid-19 Chief Implementer and Vaccine Czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

“In response to President Duterte’s directive to prioritize areas with a spike in Covid-19 cases, we’re increasing the vaccine administration capacity of these areas,” Galvez said.

He added that areas which have been identified as the most vulnerable to Covid-19 surges will also be given priority by the government in the vaccine deployment.

The announcement was made during the launch of the vaccination program for San Juan City’s economic frontliners or the A-4 priority group on Wednesday at the Greenhills Theater Mall.

Meanwhile, Galvez reminded the local government units (LGU) to prioritize the vaccination of 40-years-old and above economic frontliners if vaccines are limited.

“The guidelines for the vaccination of A4 and A5 are already in place. It gives the LGU the leeway to implement it. In case they have enough vaccines, everyone should be accommodated as long as they present an ID,” he said.

“But once the vaccine becomes insufficient, based on the protocol, they will prioritize those of 40 years old and above,” he added.

He stressed that the policy is based on science, as experts noted that the population belonging to the 40 and above age bracket are more vulnerable to the disease.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority, a total of 35.5 million Filipinos belong to this category.

Approximately 13 million workers are from NCR Plus 8 areas (Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao), while 22.5 million are from other parts of the country.

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