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Work without worries! Abby Binay: Workers of Makati-based businesses to be vaccinated vs COVID-19

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Employees of Makati-based businesses will be vaccinated for free by the city government against COVID-19 even if they’re not residents, Makati Mayor Abby Binay said.

In a statement, Binay said Makati’s P1-billion budget is enough to cover the vaccination of employees of all Makati-based businesses— from micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to large companies.

“We are confident we will have enough to cover our essential workers who keep businesses running,” she said.

To qualify for the vaccination program, Binay said companies should have a 2021 business permit and must have updated tax payments. She said the city government will use the number of employees declared by business owners in their business permit applications to determine how many individuals will be vaccinated.

“Getting vaccinated is our best hope of fighting the coronavirus. It is a chance to regain mobility, and jumpstart the economy. We do not have to live in fear of infecting our families and loved ones each time we come home from work,” Binay said.

Data from the city government shows that Makati’s population balloons to nearly 5 million during daytime due to the influx of workers. The city has a resident population of over 500,000.

Binay expects the first batch of the city government’s COVID-19 vaccine order to arrive in February. This will be administered to frontliners, she said.