Minimum wage workers, OFWs to be vaccinated on Labor Day

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 27) – Thousands of minimum wage workers and overseas Filipino workers will be vaccinated against COVID-19 on Labor Day, Malacañang announced on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases approved the Labor Department's request for 5,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses that will be used for the vaccination ceremony.

"The DOLE (Department of Labor and Employment) has been directed to create a masterlist to ensure the equitable representation of the labor sector during the said ceremony," Roque said in a statement.

Minimum wage workers and OFWs are part of the national vaccination program's priority list, where they are classified in the A4 group or essential economic workers.

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The Health Department has yet to release guidelines on the vaccination of frontline workers under the A4 priority group. Roque earlier said they are eyeing to inoculate A4 priority group workers by June this year.

Meanwhile, the IATF decided to include the frontliners of the Congress of the Philippines in the A4 priority group for their critical role in the country's pandemic response.