The Bureau of Customs has started vaccinating front line workers detailed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport to protect them from the deadly coronavirus disease.
Also included in the first batch of Customs-NAIA employees to be inoculated today are those belong to A4 category or persons working outside their residences.
The program dubbed “Resbakuna sa Bureau of Customs NAIA” will be made in partnership with the Inter-Agency Task Force and the Department of Health.
The Port of NAIA has been in the forefront of the government’s campaign for the immediate release of COVID-19 related importations since the start of lockdown last March.
“The agency also continued to work 24/7 to man the port against the illegal entry of contraband despite the threat of the deadly disease,” said NAIA district collector Carmelita Talusan.
She said with the vaccination program now in place, Port of NAIA employees will continue to perform their essential duties. As of June 18, the Port of NAIA has facilitated the clearance of 13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines in 20 shipments, and 10,000 shipments of personal protective equipment, and other medical supplies.
In October last year, the bureau built a medical facility to serve its employees, especially the frontline workers assigned at the airport.
The facility, situated at the NAIA Customshouse building in Pasay City, will serve as the lead health response unit of the Port of NAIA to support and observe health protocols, and cater to the health needs of the Customs NAIA employees.