The Metro Manila Council (MMC) is calling for the inclusion of at-home employees in the national government’s latest vaccination rollout. 

Council Chairman and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez said on Monday that those working from home should also be included in the A4 priority list – composed of essential workers. 

“Yun po yung pinag-uusapan namin dito lalong lalo na ang ating mga call centers kasi work [from] home sila, na sana i-consider din ng IATF na isama po natin yung ating work [from] home,” Olivarez told ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo

Olivarez said these workers should also be considered as candidates for vaccination as they go out of their homes, too. 

“Yun pong interpretation, lahat po ng lumalabas, formal o informal po na worker natin na lumalabas ng bahay, yun po yung ating A4 category. Ang atin pong sinusulong, pati po sana yung work at home kasi lumalabas rin naman po sila, para mabigyan din po ng priority sa vaccination,” he said.

On Friday the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) released the official list of essential workers who will be part of the A4 priority group.

The list includes the following:

  • Private sector employees in these sectors who are required to work outside their places of residence
  • Employees of government agencies, government corporations, and local government units
  • Informal sector workers who are self-employed who may be required to work outside their residences, and those in private households.

The latest expansion of the government’s vaccination drive will target essential workers in the NCR Plus 8 regions. These regions will be:

  • Metro Manila
  • Bulacan
  • Pampanga
  • Cavite
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Rizal
  • Metro Cebu
  • Metro Davao

This new strategy is part of the national government’s ‘population protection’ scheme, which aims to address infections in critical areas. 

The administration is set to start the inoculation of the A4 group in June. At present, the government is continuing vaccinations for the A1, A2, and A3 brackets – consisting of senior citizens, frontline health workers, and persons with comorbidities.

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