DOH, DOLE Bicol roll out symbolic vaccination for workers under A4 Priority Group


In observance of the Labor Day, 14 selected workers from the construction, transportation, and security sectors were among the first recipients from the A4 priority group yesterday, May 1 at the Bicol Regional and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) vaccination site.

Through the joint efforts of the Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Bicol, the said symbolic vaccination ceremony paid tribute to the labor sector belonging to the A4 Priority Group.

The symbolic vaccination served as the opening salvo of the inclusion of the nation’s essential workforce in the immunization program wherein 5,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine were administered to minimum wage earners and overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) nationwide.

Through DOLE Bicol, those individuals were identified to be workers who have the most direct contact with clients.

In a short program, Dr. Ernie V. Vera, Regional Director of DOH Bicol CHD encouraged the public, especially the non-medical frontliners to be vaccinated.

“Although ‘di sila medical frontliners, kailangan pa rin nilang maging protektado dahil sila ang nagpapatakbo ng ating ekonomiya,” he stated.

During the ceremony, representatives from DOLE Bicol personally witnessed the immunization of 14 essential workers.

Assistant Regional Director Imelda E. Romanillos of DOLE Bicol expressed her support in the vaccination program. “Asahan ninyo na kasama ang Department of Labor and Employment Region V, DOH Bicol at ng government as a whole sa paglaban sa COVID-19,” she said.