Roque: Workers under A4 only need job ID for vaccination

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 7) — Essential workers who make up priority group A4 would only need to present their job identification card to get an anti-coronavirus shot, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Monday.

"Kasi ngayon, ang definition ng A4 ay [Because right now, the definition of A4 is] broad enough to include anyone who works outside of his home, and a work ID would be sufficient," Roque said in a media briefing.

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For informal workers, Roque said they can present any ID that proves their nature of work. For instance, market vendors who are part of an association can show their membership card, while drivers can present their professional driver's license.

Pasay City Mayor Imelda Calixto-Rubiano, who was present at the briefing, added that in her area in particular, local authorities could also look for a certificate of employment.

"Meron po kaming registered barangay inhabitants, nandoon na rin po ang klase ng skills ng aming mamamayan at kung ano po 'yung trabaho nila," she said. "Pwede rin po namin sila hingan ng certificate na sila ay sila ay nagtitinda sa palengke, sila ay kasambahay."

[Translation: We have a record of registered barangay inhabitants, and included there are the kinds of skills of our residents, as well as the nature of their work. We may also ask them to provide a certificate proving they're drivers, market vendors, or house helpers.]

If such documents are unavailable, however, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez, Jr. said eligible workers could still be inoculated, as barangay captains would know which residents in their respective localities are part of the informal economy.

"Alam nila kung sino 'yung mga drivers, sino 'yung mga market vendors and also 'yung daily wage earners," he said. "Kaya nga ang ginagawa ng ating mga LGU, ino-organize 'yung master list. Kasama sa master listing nila 'yung mga informal workers."

[Translation: The barangay captains know who the drivers, the market vendors, the daily wage earners are. Our LGUs are also organizing a master list, which includes informal workers.]

The vaccination of the A4 group, which the Health Department estimates to account for 22 million of the country's population, officially began on Monday. The group covers employees in private companies who are working outside their homes, government employees, informal sector workers, the self-employed who work outside their homes, and those employed in private households.

Due to limited supplies, the rollout for the particular group is being implemented first in Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao.