The government coronavirus task force has approved the inclusion of more sectors eligible to get COVID-19 shots as economic frontliners under the A4 priority goup, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said on Friday, April 16.
Among those added to the list are basic education frontliners, members of the diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel manning consular services, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) employees monitoring infrastructure projects, cable and internet service providers, public utility workers, and media workers.
The earlier list of economic frontliners approved by the IATF had 13 sectors. Here's the complete list of economic frontliners included in the latest A4 priority group for COVID-19 vaccination:
The inclusion of basic education frontliners addressed earlier calls by lawmakers like Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto who had stressed the importance of innoculating teachers after health workers to help restore "normalcy" in the education sector.
Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon said on Monday, April 12, that the vaccination of the A4 group could start by May at the earliest, and could also be moved to June or July, depending on the erratic global supply and the availability of vaccines in the Philippines.
The Department of Health will come up with the final guidelines on the vaccination of the A4 group. – Rappler.com
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