Over 42,000 Clark Freeport Zone workers ready to get jab

Published June 9, 2021, 5:02 PM

by Ellson Quismorio

Nearly 500 locator firms representing over 42,000 workers have signed up for the Clark Development Corporation’s (CDC) vaccination program against the dreaded coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

A healthcare worker preparing to inject a COVID-19 vaccine (Ali Vicoy / File photo/ MANILA BULLETIN)

According to a statement from CDC Tuesday, June 8, a total of 499 locator firms from Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) have already registered.

Awaiting immunization as per a report from CDC’s External Affairs Division (EAD) are 42,121 individuals, which are broken down as follows: 13,408 essential workers, 481 uniformed personnel, 226 senior citizens, 485 health workers, 82 indigents, and 27,438 other workers.

They will be inoculated as soon as the coronavirus disease vaccines arrive, CDC said. The vaccine brand to be administered will be determined based on availability and will be provided free of charge as part of the national government’s mass vaccination campaign.

“Although registration is not mandatory, the CDC encourages all Clark residents, workers, and dependents to sign up for the vaccination program. While locals will be given priority, expats or foreign workers are also welcome to register. The deadline for registration will be on June 15, 2021,” the corporation said.

The idea is to set-up a “Clark Bubble” which allows relatives living with the worker or employee to register for the jab.

“Through this strategy, the CFZ community will attain herd immunity to prevent further transmission of COVID-19 in workplaces and in their homes,” CDC noted.

The locators’ registration was facilitated by an app developed by CDC’s Information Technology Department (ITD). The app serves as an online vaccine survey form, which allows workers to easily and conveniently provide their personal information, address, employment information, health details, and category.

The system, which also includes real-time reporting among locators, was created by CDC-ITD employees Paul Dexter Bacani and Bryan Baraquiel.