LGU officials now in priority list for Covid vaccination

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Officials of local government units (LGU) will now be included in the government’s vaccine priority list for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), Malacañang said Monday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said LGU officials will be part of the “A4” priority with other frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel and those in working sectors identified as essential.

“I think they belong to A4, but I could be wrong, but they are part of the A priority,” Roque said in a virtual presser in Filipino.

Roque added that other government officials, such as Cabinet members, remain under the “B2” category.

“Well, I think not all government officials will have priority. In fact, we’re part of the ‘B’ category, after the first priority,” he said partly in Filipino.

He also clarified that not all government officials will be included in the government’s priority list.

“There will be priority for government workers. But for now, not everyone will be included,” he said partly in Filipino.

There are currently around 1,634 provincial governors and city and municipal mayors and 42,046 barangay chairpersons all over the country.

Roque said more government officials and workers have contracted Covid-19.

He expressed hope that the interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) would consider studying the inclusion of other government officials on the priority list.

It’s possible that the NITAG is already looking into this because there are front-liners within government service not health workers but part of our office because we provide information at this critical time of a pandemic,” he added in Filipino.

For its initial vaccination rollout, the government is using donated vaccines from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac and COVAX facility, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global vaccine sharing scheme.

The country kicked off its vaccination for frontline healthcare workers on March 1.

The bulk of vaccine doses are expected to arrive by the second quarter of the year.

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