MANILA — Vaccine czar and chief of National Task Force against COVID-19 Carlito Galvez Jr. calls all economic frontliners heroes, commending their “dedication and courage amid the health crisis.”
According to Malacañan, employees working at home temporarily are considered economic frontliners and are included in the A4 priority group of the Government’s vaccination program.
The work-from-home set-up is just a temporary arrangement says presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr.
“I think, although this is subject to verification, they are included (in the A4). We included them so that the work arrangements of people working in the private and public sectors will become normal,” Roque says.
Monitor A4 sector, enhance coordination in all levels
Meanwhile, Senator Joel Villanueva urges the Government to monitor the vaccine rollout for the A4 group. He says the A4 group is the key to reviving the economy as there is an estimated 35.5 million essential frontline workers, but only 4,559 A4 individuals have been fully vaccinated as of 06 June.
The Government needs to enhance coordination across all its levels, including the private sector to safely deliver vaccines to segments of the population in remote places says Senator Christopher Lawrence Go.
“When the vaccine arrives, deploy and inject it immediately. We are pursuing this so that we can achieve herd immunity… We must ensure that vaccines are distributed quickly and systematically, especially since more people can be vaccinated,” says Go. (BG/Headline PH)