Frontline health workers in the private and public sectors will be the first to receive coronavirus vaccines once they become available.
The government is eyeing to inoculate around 24.7 million Filipinos in the first part of the vaccination program against COVID-19, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said.
These include some 612,000 working in public and private facilities; around 610,000 public health workers in rural, city and provincial health offices and contact tracers; some 415,000 barangay health workers and other frontliners in the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Corrections.
Indigent senior citizens, pegged at around 3.8 million, are the second priority. Meanwhile, the remaining population of senior citizen of about 5.7 million are the third priority group for the immunization.