To boost their immunity, almost 700 permanent, casual, and job order senior citizen employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have received flu vaccines.

The MMDA said the flu vaccine will also shield these elderly personnel from respiratory diseases and the Covid-19.

The vaccines administered were provided by the Department of Health.

“Our employees’ health and welfare are our priority. Through this vaccination drive, we can further boost the immunity of our elderly employees, especially those who are working in the field, which makes them more exposed to viruses,” MMDA Chairman Benjamin “Benhur” Abalos Jr. said.

Abalos said that getting the flu vaccine is very important to protect the vulnerable group from getting sick and help prevent hospitalization.

The trivalent flu shots cover three influenza strains, namely, the two influenza A strains or H1N1 and H3N2, and influenza B.

In April, the MMDA started administering Covid-19 jabs to its senior citizen employees who belong to the A2 priority group set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).

Meanwhile, Abalos reiterated his call to the agency’s employees to continue observing minimum health standards, including wearing of face shields and face masks, frequent handwashing, and maintaining physical and social distancing.

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