QC Begins “Bakuna Nights” for A4 Workers
The Quezon City local government unit launched Bakuna Nights for A4 workers with conflicting schedules last week.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte made a resolution to address the outcry of many A4 workers who struggle with their work schedule to get vaccinated.
“This is for our workers who are unable to skip their 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. work for a day just to be able to receive the vaccine, most especially those whose salary is on a daily basis,” said Belmonte.
Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte/IMAGE from Quezon City Government Official Facebook page
The “Bakuna Nights” is part of the (Covid-19) vaccination program of Quezon City that aims to help A4 workers with conflicting schedules and only available after their morning or daily shift.
With the initial 4-day trial period of Bakuna Nights last week, 2,000 essential workers belonging to the A4 priority category, who have been preregistered with the city government, got vaccinated.
“Now they don’t have to choose between their daily wage or the vaccine. We will inoculate them at a time most convenient to them,” Belmonte added.
Bakuna Nights/IMAGE from Quezon City Government Official Facebook page
Despite the success of Bakuna Nights, QC Task Force Vax to Normal co-chair Joseph Juico said that the program is currently on trial period due to the limited number of vaccines available.
However, he reassured the public that once the local government receives more vaccines they eye to continue and to expand the program.
As classified by the Department of Health (DOH), the A4 category is subdivided as follows:
A4.1 – Private sector workers who work outside their homes and overseas Filipino workers scheduled for deployment within four months;
A4.2 – Employees in government agencies and instrumentalities, including government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) and local government units; and
A4.3 – Informal sector workers and self-employed who work outside their homes and those working in private households.
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Source: Philippine News Agency
Written by Cedie Salido