Foreigners who are permanent residents of the Philippines, like other Filipinos, should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as part of the government’s mass immunization campaign.
“This means that since you live here, we have to vaccinate you because you will also interact with Filipinos,” said the Philippine health agency official.
According to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF), foreigners who are permanent residents of the country will be treated the same as Filipino nationals.
In Pasay City, the local government vaccinated Chinese nationals who are senior citizens and persons with comorbidities who were among the priority to receive shots in the mass inoculation campaign, along with the healthcare workers.
The Philippine government is boosting the vaccination drive in the country by including workers in the government and the private sector who have to be physically present in their workplaces.