Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) general manager Ed Monreal urged all airport workers to grab the opportunity to be vaccinated for their own protection against the coronavirus disease.
Monreal made the call as the mass inoculation of all airport front liners was started at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 4 last Thursday, 10 June.
The MIAA chief said that there are about 6,000 front line workers at the three premier NAIA terminals on an average day.
These include security guards, LSERV (outside manpower agency) and organic personnel from the MIAA, building attendants and those from other government agencies like the Office of Transportation Security, Philippine Coast Guard, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Bureau of Immigration (BI), Bureau of Customs (BOC), Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
According to Monreal, the airport workers’ vaccination against the viral respiratory disease will give them an added layer of protection which will boost their confidence in carrying out their daily duties.
Out of the 1,500 doses initially allotted for the MIAA, around 700 airport workers have availed of the free vaccines so far, he noted.
The first roll out of the mass inoculation covered NAIA personnel and those assigned at the One Stop Shop for the Management of Returning Overseas Filipino Workers.
Monreal urged the airport workers to get jabbed once their turn comes and not to be too conscious of the vaccine brand they are getting, stressing all vaccines that are given are safe and effective, having undergone the necessary checks by regulatory agencies before they are allowed to be deployed in the country.
Vaccine czar Secretary Vince Dizon said they are mulling the idea of using the NAIA Terminal 4 as a vaccination hub for government employees due to the convenience it offers in terms of space.