At a vaccination center in the Philippines.
PHOTO BY PHILIPPINE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
DUBAI – Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) are now part of the priority group for Covid-19 vaccination in the Philippines, an official said.
“OFWs are now prioritized for Covid-19 vaccination along with health frontliners, senior citizens and people with health conditions,” said Silvestre Bello III, Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).
Bello said OFWs have been able to get Covid-19 vaccines since April 15. Vaccines are being administered free of cost.
Bello was responding to a request from Gemma Sotto, President of the United Filipino Global, for OFWs to be part of the priority group. A copy of the letter was seen by Expatmedia.net.
The Philippine government is currently in the initial phase of vaccine rollout with the availability of Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Sputnik V vaccines in the country.
In Dubai, Jennifer Guardian, Chairman of Integrated Risk Management Association of the Philippines (IRMAP), praised efforts by the Philippine government, DOLE and United Filipino Global in “helping push for OFW concerns”.
“The vaccination of OFWs can help them quickly return to their workplace so they can start earning to support their families back home,” Guardian told Expatmedia.net. ICA/Expat Media
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