San Juan City starts vaccination of essential workers under A4 category
MANILA, Philippines — The local government of San Juan City will start the inoculation of essential workers or those under the A4 priority group on Tuesday, said Mayor Francis Zamora, adding that they aim to vaccinate 3,000 critical workers every day.
“Kahapon po kasi inaabangan lang namin ‘yung pinaka announcement ng IATF (Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases), sapagkat ang sabi po nila, mag-abang lang ng official announcement, so minabuti po naming tapusin muna yung ceremonial A4 vaccination kahapon at ngayong araw po kami magsisimula officially ng ating A4 [vaccination],” said Zamora in an interview of TeleRadyo.
(Yesterday, we were just waiting for the announcement of the IATF, because they ordered us to wait until the official announcement. So we decided to just finish the ceremonial A4 vaccination first yesterday and today we will officially start our A4 vaccination.)
All individuals who are required to leave their homes for work or profession are classified under the A4 category and are referred to as “essential workers.”
(If we vaccinate 3,000 a day, in the next few days or in five days, supplies will be depleted.)
Zamora, however, revealed that only 13,000 doses are left in San Juan’s vaccine supply.
“Kung magbabakuna kami ng 3,000 a day, sa mga susunod na araw, sa loob ng limang araw ay ubos na ‘yun,” said Zamora.
“Kaya kailangan ay magdeliver muli ang DOH ng karagdagang bakuna sa’min para hindi kami maantala at tuloy tuloy lang,” he added.
The mayor said 2,000 doses are allotted for essential workers who live in San Juan City, while another 1,000 is allotted for those who reside in a different city but work in San Juan.
According to Zamora, the city government has already finished inoculating registered citizens in the A2 (Senior Citizens) and A3 (Persons with Comorbidities) category, but priority lanes have still been placed in vaccination sites in case someone from the more prioritized groups decided to get vaccinated.
He added that they have already inoculated a total of 32,000 San Juan citizens.
The Philippines launched a “symbolic” vaccination of economic frontliners or those belonging to the A4 priority group on Monday.
The A4 list includes private-sector workers who are physically present in their workplace; employees in government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations and local government units; informal sector workers and self-employed individuals who work outside their homes; and those working in private households.
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