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OFWs among groups who will be given priority to receive Covid-19 vaccine: DOH


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The list from the Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) showed that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are among the groups who will be given priority to receive the vaccine against the deadly Covid-19 once it’s made available in the country. 

The first priority will be frontline health workers, with numbers estimated at 1.7 million. Meanwhile, the OFWs are in the 10th spot on the list. 

Of the total frontline medical workers, 612,975 are from public and private health facilities; 602,982 are from the public health sector, including those Local Government Unit’s (LGU) contact tracers; 414,640 Barangay Health Workers; and 132,397 are other NGAs including the DSWD, DepEd, DILG, BJMP, and the Bureau of Corrections. 

See the list of priorities below: 

1st Frontline health workers: 1.7 million

2nd Indigent Senior Citizens: 3,789,874

3rd Remaining Senior Citizens: 5,678,544

4th Remaining Indigent Population: 12,911,193

5th Uniformed Personnel (PNP, AFP, PCG, BFP, CAFGU): 525,523

6th Teachers and school workers (public and private)

7th priority: All government workers (National and Local Government)

8th priority: Essential workers in agriculture, food industry, transportation and tourism

9th priority: Sociodemographic groups at significantly higher risk other than the senior citizens and indigent population (PDLs, PWDs, Filipinos living in high-density areas)

10th priority: Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)

11th Priority: Other remaining workforce

12th priority: Students

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