Members of Team Philippines seeing action in the Tokyo Olympics in July and the Hanoi Southeast Asian Games in November are now in the government’s priority list to receive vaccination.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque announced the inclusion of the national athletes, coaches, officials and delegation members to the A4 list, which includes essential workers, frontliner government employees and uniformed personnel eligible for inoculation.
Roque said the IATF approved the recommendation for the vaccination of those going to the Olympics and SEA Games.
The decision came two days after host country Vietnam bared it would implement a “no vaccine, no participation” policy for delegates who will join the biennial, 11-nation meet.
The country is sending a delegation close to a thousand to Hanoi including 626 athletes plunging into action in all but one of the 40 sports in the calendar.