IATF Approves List of Priority Groups for COVID-19 Vaccine, Spokesperson Harry Roque Reveals

It was announced by Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque today (Friday), February 5, 2021, that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has already approved the list of priority population groups for the COVID-19 vaccination in the country.

The Philippine News Agency reported that Spokesperson Roque bared that the IATF-EID has adopted the resolution presented by the Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) and the DOH Technical Advisory Group (DOH-TAG).

According to the Spokesperson, the resolution contains a prioritization framework for national, local, public and private distribution and prioritization criteria for Priority Group A1 which includes front-line health workers in both national and local and private and public facilities.

“With regard to the allocation of the first tranche of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for healthcare workers, this will be the allocation framework to be followed: a) all the Covid-19 dedicated hospitals, b) Covid-19 referral hospitals, c) DOH-owned hospitals, d) LGU hospitals, e) hospitals for uniformed services/personnel, and f) private hospitals.”

– Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque/PCOO

Priority Population Groups for Vaccination

Here are the priority population groups for vaccination as listed by the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) via a news release and Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque via a Facebook post. The iNITAG adopted the following priority population groups for vaccination:

A1: Frontline workers in health facilities both national and local, private and public, health professionals and non-professionals like students, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, etc.
A2: Senior citizens aged 60 years old and above
A3: Persons with comorbidities not otherwise included in the preceding categories
A4: Frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel and those in working sectors identified by the IATF as essential during ECQ
A5: Indigent population not otherwise included in the preceding categories
B1: Teachers, Social Workers
B2: Other Government Workers
B3: Other essential workers
B4: Socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and indigenous people
B5: Overseas Filipino Workers
B6: Other Remaining Workforce
C: Rest of the Filipino population not otherwise included in the above groups

Furthermore, the PCOO also added that it was underscored by iNITAG that “any specific inclusion and exclusion criteria of each vaccine, as reflected in the respective Emergency Use Authorization of the Food and Drug Administration, or recommendations from the Health Technology Assessment Council shall be considered.”

The Priority Population Groups for Vaccination as Announced by Spokesperson Harry Roque

Watch starting at 4:12 of the video for the Spokesperson Harry Roque’s announcement with regards to the priority population groups for vaccination, HERE.

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Source: Presidential Communications Operations Office| News Release, Philippine News Agency, PTV| Live, Harry Roque| Official Facebook Page

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