The Philippines’ COVID-19 vaccination drive is in full swing, with the government’s first five priority groups now eligible to receive vaccines against the disease.
The government has focused on vaccinating health workers (A1) since March 1, then opened vaccination to senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3) around a month later.
Vaccination of economic frontliners (A4) started on June 7, while the health department has allowed local governments to start vaccinating individuals in the indigent sector (A5), if supplies were enough.
How should you prepare for your vaccination and what requirements do you need to bring on your scheduled appointment?
Check this list based on the Department of Health’s vaccination guidelines and information from local government units (LGUs):
Any proof of comorbidity such as:
Persons with any of the following comorbidities will need a physical or electronic medical clearance from their physician:
You do not need a medical clearance if you do not have any of the six comorbidities mentioned above. Other documents listed as possible proof of comorbidity will suffice.
LGU public information officers listed the following:
Rappler has reached out to other local governments for their requirements, though they have yet to respond as of posting. We will update this story with the necessary information once they respond.
Proof of eligibility for A4 vaccination such as:
Based on DOH guidelines, employers or companies of workers in the A4 sector should coordinate with LGUs to facilitate vaccination of their eligible workers and provide their workers proof of eligibility as an A4 vaccine recipient.
Local governments, meanwhile, were tasked to facilitate the registration of eligible workers in the informal sector and those who are self-employed or working freelance.
LGUs must also coordinate with the Department of Social Welfare and Development field office in their respective localities for the list of indigent residents based on the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR).
For individuals belonging to the A5 COVID-19 priority group, but not part of the DSWD's NHTS-PR, LGUs can undertake "other verification mechanisms" for identification. – with reports from Dwight De Leon/Rappler.com
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