The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases has approved the list of sectors to be included in the government's Priority Group A4 for the COVID-19 vaccination plan today, April 16.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Priority Group A4 includes individuals in the sectors and industries of transport, market, food retail, hotel, government financial services, news media, and education.
Also included in the list are security guards and personnel of telecoms, cable and internet service providers, electricity distribution and water distribution utilities.
Members of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in consular operations and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects are also in the priority list.
The complete list of Priority Group A4 is as follows:
- commuter transport (land, air, and sea), including logistics
- public and private wet and dry market vendors
- frontline workers in groceries, supermarkets, delivery services
- workers in manufacturing for food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical products
- frontline workers in food retail, 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
- overseas Filipino workers, including those scheduled for deployment within two months
- frontline workers in law/justice, security, and social protection sectors
- frontline government workers engaged in the operations of government transport system, quarantine inspection; worker safety inspection and other COVID-19 response activities
- frontline government workers in charge of tax collection, assessment of businesses for incentives, election, national ID, data collection personnel
- diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel in consular operations
- Department of Public Works and Highways personnel in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects
So far, priority groups A1 (frontline workers in health facilities, health professionals and non-professionals, etc.), A2 (senior citizens aged 60 and above), and A3 (persons with comorbidities) have received the first dose of vaccines.
The vaccination for A4 group could start as early as May, depending on the supply and availability of vaccines in the country, says Socioeconomic Planning Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon last Monday, April 12.