National Task Force (NTF) against Covid-19 chief implementer, Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., on Wednesday announced the government will inoculate individuals belonging to the A4 priority group beginning June 7.
In a television interview, Galvez said the government will hold a symbolic vaccination rollout for economic front-liners who work outside their homes and government workforce or the public sector workers.
“We will have a mini rollout or symbolic rollout this coming June 7,” Galvez said.
Galvez, also the country’s vaccine czar, cited the need to protect the economic front-liners and government employees who are providing services to the public amid the prevailing health crisis.
“This is what many local government units have been waiting for, considering we have to protect our economic and government workers. They are more or less 12 million in population,” he said.
Galvez noted that the vaccination of those belonging to the A4 priority groups will be massively launched once the bulk of the Covid-19 vaccine arrives this June and the coming months.
At the Palace briefing on Tuesday, Galvez said some 1 million doses of Sinovac’s coronaVac jabs will be delivered on June 6 and June 11.
About 2.2 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine will arrive between June 10 and June 11.
The officials of NTF and the national vaccine cluster are now preparing the vaccine stockpiles intended for the inoculation of category A4 and A5 (indigent population), he said.
The vaccination of A4 and A5 priority groups will first be focused on the Covid-19 high-risk areas including National Capital Region, Bulacan, Pampanga, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal as well as Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.
Galvez said the vaccines from the COVAX facility will be given to the targeted population including healthcare workers, senior citizens, and persons with comorbidities, following the directive issued by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The A4 priority groups, meanwhile, will get the government-procured vaccines. SOVEREIGNPH