The Inter-Agency Task Force against COVID-19 has approved booster shots for overseas Filipino workers who are set to be deployed to other countries within four months, authorities said Saturday.
Overseas Workers are part of the A1 priority group along with medical frontliners who started receiving booster shots on Nov. 17.
"In order to maintain our competitive advantage as well as protect the much-needed livelihood of our OFWs as well as seafarers, para ma-secure nila ang kanilang mga foreign deployment at kontrata, ito ay pinagpapatuloy na," said Restituto Padilla Jr., spokesperson for National Task Force Against COVID-19, relaying the confirmation from vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr.
"Dahil sila ay pasok sa pagiging A1 meaning economic frontliners at nagbigay-daan na tayo sa A1 prioritization, pwede na itong simulan," he said during the Laging Handa public briefing.
Once OFWs are allowed to get booster shots, they will have to follow the protocols as well, which means only those who completed their vaccination six months ago or more can receive their booster dose, Padilla said.
Priority lanes will also be provided to OFWs who are eligible for a booster shot once it is rolled out, he added.
After the third jabs have been given to the A1 priority group, senior citizens (A2) and persons with comorbidities (A3) are next in line.