A4 Priority for Vaccines: Rules Simplified for Economic Frontliners

The government's Inter-Agency Task Force on COVID-19  has simplified the classifications for economic frontliners or those who belong to the fourth priority group (A4) for vaccines, as it prepares to ramp up inoculation by June, Malacanang said.

From several subgroups that included vendors and security personnel, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said economic frontliners would now be classified into the following under A4 category for vaccination:

1. Private sector workers who are required to physically report for work.

2. Employees in government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations and local government units.

3. Informal sector workers and self-employed who may be required to work outside their residences, and those working in private households.


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For vaccination of those under the A4 category, Roque said local government units may give preference for workers aged 40 to 59 years old over those aged 18 to 39 years old.


The initial vaccine deployment for essential workers would cover those in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao, or the so-called NCR Plus 8 where a high  number of COVID-19 cases have been reported, Roque said.

National authorities have instructed LGUs to continuously prioritize health workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities for COVID-19 vaccination with "special lanes" with the expected expansion of the inoculation program next month.

The first three priority groups for COVID-19 vaccination are health workers and migrant workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities.

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