LIST: Priority sectors, subgroups in COVID-19 vaccination program

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 5) — The government will carry out a national immunization program based on priority sectors and subgroups identified by health experts, the presidential spokesperson said on Friday.

This was based on the resolution presented by the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group and the DOH Technical Advisory Group, and approved by the COVID-19 task force, Harry Roque said in a briefing.

Medical frontliners in private and public health facilities will get vaccinated this month. Next in line are other frontliners related to health such as nursing aides, janitors, and barangay health workers.

Others are people with comorbidities, police personnel and soldiers.

Below is the priority population groups for vaccination:

A1: Frontline workers in health facilities both national and local, private and public, health professionals and non-professionals like students, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, etc.

A2: Senior citizens aged 60 years old and above

A3: Persons with comorbidities

A4: Frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel and those in working sectors identified by the IATF as essential during ECQ

A5: Indigent population

B1: Teachers, social workers

B2: Other government workers

B3: Other essential workers

B4: Socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and indigenous people

B5: Overseas Filipino workers

B6: Other remaining workforce

C: Rest of the Filipino population

Priority areas for inoculation will be based on active cases, attack rate per 100,000 population in the past four weeks, and population density, and the preparedness of local government units on vaccination sites and supply chain capability.

The initial vaccine shipment from the COVAX facility led by the World Health Organization will cover 117,000 doses from Pfizer-BioNTech.

The government said Pfizer doses will be allocated for COVID-19 dedicated hospitals, COVID-19 referral hospitals, DOH-owned hospitals, local government hospitals, hospitals for uniformed personnel, and private hospitals.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. previously said the 117,000 doses will be allocated to the 56,000 employees of four government hospitals used as COVID-19 referral centers, namely, Philippine General Hospital, Jose N. Rodriguez Memorial Hospital and Sanitarium or Tala Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, and East Avenue Medical Center.

The government will also apply for 900,000 more Pfizer vaccine doses from the COVAX facility. This is in addition to 5.5 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines by late February or early March — if the vaccine gets emergency use listing from WHO.

The government is going beyond the initial target of purchasing vaccines for 70 million Filipinos aged 18 years old and above. The Duterte administration is negotiating for vaccines good for 92 million people or 184 million doses equivalent to two applications per person.