The country’s multibody task force, the Inter-Agency Task Force for Management of Emerging and Infectious Diseases, has recently expanded the A4 priority group list to include more frontliners in essential sectors, with vaccination scheduled to start in May.
They include workers in: Commuter transport (land, sea, air, as well as logistics); Public/private wet and dry markets; Food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical manufacturing; Groceries, supermarkets, delivery services; Food delivery services; Financial services; Hotel and accommodations establishments.
The list also includes: Religious leaders ( such as priests, imams and rabbis); Security guards and other personnel stationed in offices and agencies identified in priority industries/sectors; Private and government news media; Customer relations personnel in telecom, cable, internet service providers and electric and water distribution companies; Frontline personnel in basic education and higher education institutions and agencies; Overseas Filipino workers (as well as those scheduled for deployment in two months); Frontliners in the judiciary and legal professions; Frontliners in the security and social protection sectors; Government workers involved in the operation of government transport systems and quarantine inspection; Worker safety inspection personnel; Frontliners in tax collection, assessment of business incentives; Election, national ID, data collection personnel; Department of Foreign Affairs personnel; Department of Public Works and Highways personnel in charge of overseeing of government infrastructure projects.
Before the amendments made to the A4 category, teachers and social workers belonged to the B1 group, while overseas employees were placed in the B5 category.
The changes in vaccination priorities are hoped to further reopen the economy and allow more relaxed movement and activities amid the pandemic.