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BOC NAIA starts to inoculate workers against COVID

  • The Bureau of Customs Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has begun to vaccinate its employees against COVID-19
  • The inoculation program started on June 19
  • BOC NAIA as of June 18 has cleared almost 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and almost 10,000 shipments of personal protective equipment and other medical supplies

The Bureau of Customs (BOC) Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) has begun its COVID-19 vaccination program for its employees in partnership with the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) and the Department of Health (DOH).

The inoculation program, which started on June 19, was given the green light after the government announced the IATF and DOH will start vaccinating qualified individuals under the A4 priority group, which includes frontline personnel in essential sectors such as uniformed personnel and those covered by the IATF Resolution No. 117.

READ: IATF simplifies list of A4 workers for priority vaccination

Under IATF Resolution 117, eligible for vaccination under the A4 priority group include private sector workers required to be physically present at their workplace outside their residences; employees in government agencies and instrumentalities; and informal sector workers and self-employed who may be required to work outside their residences and those working in private households.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines, BOC said it has been assuming “a fundamental role in the economic recovery of the country through revenue collection, in the facilitation of counter-COVID supplies such as face masks and time-sensitive importations such as medicines and vaccines, and in the prevention of hazardous and life-threatening unregistered and fake medicines and other importations at the Philippine borders.”

Based on records, BOC-NAIA has cleared almost 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines that came in 20 shipments, as well as almost 10,000 shipments of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other medical supplies, which comprise 60% of the total importations of PPE and medical supplies nationwide as of June 18, 2021.

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