Pasay City Mayor Emi Calixto-Rubiano vowed on Monday (June 7) that the local government would fully-assist in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccination drive and to heighten its information campaign to address apprehensions or doubts about COVID-19 vaccines in the city.
Rubiano stressed the importance of the vaccination during the commitment ceremony and symbolic vaccination of the A4 priority group at the SM Mall of Asia and how it is significant to members of the A4 category, including service personnel, drivers, riders, call center agents, members of the media, household helpers, and others.
“This is how we can end this pandemic,” she said.
“The A4 category makes up the backbone of our economy. They work every single day to provide essential services that have become more important during this trying period, thus, generating income for the economy,” Rubiano said.
She added that the start of vaccination of the A4 group on Monday means “that the country is fighting COVID-19 head on and that the government looks out for the welfare of every member of society.”
Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., vaccine czar and chief implementer of the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19, who was also present at the event, had earlier said that the vaccination of A4 and A5 will be divided into two groups: individuals aged 40 years old and above will be the priority which will be followed by people 39 years old and below.
He said that those qualified under the A4 category are the economic frontliners or private sector workers, government workers, and the informal workers such as drivers and dry and wet market workers.
Those who are qualified include private sector workers who are required to be physically present at their designated workplace outside their residences; employees in government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) and local government units; informal sector workers and self-employed who may be required to work outside their residences, and those who are working in private households.
Also present during the symbolic vaccination of the A4 group were presidential spokesman Harry Roque, Trade and Industry Sec. Ramon Lopez, Labor and Employment Sec. Silvestre Bello III, Sec. Vince Dizon, Health Sec. Francisco Duque III, and representatives from the private sector.