MANILA – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday reported that over 700 rank and file employees have been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) jabs over the weekend.
Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, in a statement, said the workers were inoculated at the BI main office in Intramuros, Manila.
“Now they have gotten their second dose, our front-liners are now more confident of rendering efficient service to the public with less anxiety of getting infected by the virus,” he said.
The 700 employees who got their second dose are among the around 1,300 BI personnel who received their first jabs from April 24-25 and May 1-2.
Morente reminded the employees to follow minimum health protocols, such as wearing face masks and face shields, while on duty.
“Our personnel assigned at the airports and seaports, as well as those manning our different offices nationwide, are highly exposed as the nature of their jobs demands that they come face to face with hundreds of people, be they international travelers or visa applicants, who avail of our services,” he added.
Meanwhile, BI Covid-19 Task Force chair and Deputy Commissioner Aldwin Alegre said the remaining vaccine recipients are scheduled to get their second dose on May 29 and 30.
He added that there are still about 700 to 800 employees assigned at the airport and BI offices in Metro Manila who have yet to be inoculated.
The BI has also directed heads of its field offices and sub ports outside Metro Manila to coordinate with respective local government units to have their staff vaccinated.
BI personnel are included in the government's A4 vaccination priority listing, which covers front-liners in essential sectors and uniformed personnel. (PNA)