COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List Expanded Again, Here Are the Changes

Guide on COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List Now Following the Changes

COVID-19 VACCINE PRIORITY LIST – The Philippine government has expanded once again the priority list in the giving of COVID-19 vaccines.

The COVID-19 pandemic is still the biggest fight that the Philippines is facing right now. It has greatly affected almost everything most especially the healthcare industry and the economy of the country. Amid concerns for safety, many households now are financially struggling.

It was in the first quarter of 2020 when PH logged its first case of COVID-19. It prompted the government to implement travel restrictions and community quarantine measures.

Harry Roque on COVID-19 Vaccine Priority List
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Currently, the whole Philippines is still under community quarantine measures in the pursuit to stop the spread of COVID-19. Metro Manila and its nearby provinces, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan, are now under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened measures.

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The vaccination program is ongoing in the country now. The top priority in the COVID-19 vaccine priority list is composed of the healthcare workers who are the frontliners in the fight against the disease. They have the liberty to choose the vaccine brand they prefer.

The senior citizens and those who have co-morbidities are also prioritized in the vaccination. Recently, the national government also decided to make changes in the COVID-19 vaccine priority list. Based on a report on ABS-CBN News, the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) set for deployment in the next four (4) months and the families of the healthcare workers are now part of the top priority group in the vaccination.

Furthermore, quarantine hotel workers are also included in the A1 group. According to The Manila Hotel President Joey Lina, prioritizing the vaccination of the workers of quarantine hotels is “long-overdue”. He stressed that prioritizing the employees is a factor in reviving the economy fast as well.

Under the A4 category, those who belong in the private sectors and have to be physically present at work are now included. The government employees and those who are in the government-owned and -controlled corporation and the local government units (LGUs) are also in the A4.

Furthermore, the informal sector workers and those who are self-employed and have to work outside their homes are now under the A4 category. Those working in private households are also under this category. Reportedly, the distribution of the vaccines for this group will be initially focused in the Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.

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