MANILA –In the government’s vaccine priority list the officials of local government units (LGU) have moved up to "essential," the Malacañang said.
The LGU officials will be part of the “A4” priority with other frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel and those in working sectors, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
“A4 po ata ha, but I could be wrong, pero kasama na sila sa A priority (I think they belong to A4, but I could be wrong, but they are part of the A priority),” Roque said.
Meanwhile, cabinet members and other government officials remain under the "B2" category, Roque added.
“Well, I think not all government officials will have priority. In fact, doon kami sa ‘B’, matapos iyong unang priority (we’re part of the ‘B’ category, after the first priority),” he said.
Roque also clarified that in the government’s priority list not all government officials will be included.
“There will be priority for government workers ‘no. Pero sa ngayon po, hindi pa po kasama ang lahat (But for now, not everyone will be included),” he said.
In the Philippines, there currently over 1,634 provincial governors and city and municipal mayors and 42,046 barangay chairpersons.
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.
“Pinag-aaralan naman po siguro iyan ng ating mga miyembro ng NITAG kasi mayroon talagang mga taong front-liners within government service na hindi ‘health’ at kasama po iyong opisina namin ‘no dahil (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.
On March 1, the country started its vaccination for frontline healthcare workers.
The government has been using donated vaccines from Chinese drugmaker Sinovac and COVAX facility, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global vaccine sharing scheme for its initial vaccination rollout.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)