The Philippines finally started on Monday the vaccination of the working population, or economic frontliners, against COVID-19.
About 35 million Filipinos belong to the fourth priority group, which is composed of workers in the government, private and informal sectors.
Some 50 frontliners from the food, media and entertainment, transport, tourism, business process outsourcing, retail and government sectors were inoculated at a “ceremonial” vaccination at the Mall of Asia in Pasay City.
The vaccine rollout for the A4 priority group will initially focus on the so-called “centers of gravity” or densely-populated areas. These include Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Pampanga, Batangas, Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.
Adjustments will be also made based on the situation in other areas that are experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases.
The national government is targeting to administer 500,000 jabs daily by the third quarter.