EVEN the government seemed to find the priority sector listing as too tedious to read and as such decided to simplify the biggest cluster composed of workers outside the government.
In a statement issued by the Palace, the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases simplified A4, the fourth priority group in the coronavirus vaccination drive, by categorizing the cluster as “public and private sector workers.”
Members of this group now include “private sector workers physically present at their designated workplace outside their residences,” says presidential spokesperson Harry Roque.
“Employees in government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units also belong to A4,” the Palace mouthpiece said.
The list also includes “informal sector workers and self-employed who may be required to work outside their residences, and those working in private households.”
“Inaprubahan ng IATF ang rekomendasyon na i-improve at gawing mas simple ang priority group A4 ng COVID-19 immunization program,” Roque added.
He went on to say that the task force approved the initial vaccine deployment for A4 workers in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and Rizal provinces, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.
The A4 cluster is expected to start the vaccination process next month. A4 previously included specific sub-groups of essential workers like those in business process outsourcing, vendors, and teachers, among others.
The A4 cluster comes after the top three priority groups –health workers and migrant workers, the elderly, and people with comorbidities, respectively.
Since the vaccine rollout started on March 1, the government has only managed to administer less than 4.5 million doses from its 8.279 million vaccine supplies.