More people can get vaccinated with the approval of priority group A4 by the Inter-Agency Task Force. Find out if you’re one of them.
Last March, the Philippines welcomed the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines. There are currently two vaccines that are currently being distributed by the government: United Kingdom’s Oxford-AstraZeneca and China’s Sinovac. For the past few months, only members of the A1, A2, and A3 groups were eligible to be vaccinated in their respective cities. Thus, only workers in frontline health services, senior citizens, and persons with co-morbidities were able to get their first and second doses of the vaccines. By regulating the rollout according to priority (who are most in need and most at risk), the government aims to reduce mortality and vaccine shortage.
After much waiting by those outside of categories A1 to 3, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decided to open the door to members of the A4 category. Despite it being only one category, there are millions of frontline workers that identify with the A4 group. This means that we’ll definitely see a boost of numbers in our vaccination scale. If you find yourself under any of the groups below, then you’re in luck. According to the IATF, those who identify with any of the groups below may now get their COVID-19 vaccination.
Vaccine Priority Group A4
- Commuter Transport (Land, Air, and Sea), Including Logistics
- (Public and Private) Wet and Dry Market Vendors
- Frontline Workers in Groceries and Supermarkets
- Delivery Services; Workers in Manufacturing Food and Beverages
- Medical and Pharmaceutical Products
- Frontline Workers in Food Retails, Including Food Service Delivery
- Frontline Workers in Private and Government Financial Services
- Frontline Workers in Hotels and Accommodation Establishments
- Priests, Rabbis, Imams, and Other Religious Leaders
- Security Guards/Personnel Assigned in Offices, Agencies, and Organizations Identified in the List of Priority Industries/Sectors
- Frontline Workers in Private and Government News Media
- Customer-Facing Personnel of Telecoms, Cable and Internet Service Providers, Electricity Distribution, and Water Distribution Utilities
- Frontline Personnel in Basic Education and Higher Education Institutions and Agencies
- OFWs, Including Those Scheduled For Deployment Within 2 Months
Now that you know you can get vaccinated, it’s important to follow the procedures correctly. As of June 8, there has been no report of walk-in vaccinations at the designated areas. Those who seek vaccination are required to register with their city of residence first. Find the city you live in below, so you can start your way to COVID-free living.
Those found living in Metro Manila…
- Las Piñas
- Quezon City
- San Juan
Those found living in Rizal…
Those found living in Laguna and Bulacan…