518 Undocumented OFWs in Bahrain Vaccinated against COVID-19

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Left photo: Philippine Ambassador to Bahrain Alfonso Ver (middle) and Labor Attaché Vicente Cabe (2nd from left) pose for a photo with some Filipino Community volunteers. Right photo:  Recipients of the “Libreng Bakuna Para kay Juan at Juana” in the receiving area of the vaccination site waiting for their second dose. (Manama PE photo)

MANAMA, 04 August 2021 – The Embassy of the Philippines in Bahrain successfully assisted in the inoculation of 367 undocumented overseas Filipinos in Bahrain, with AstraZeneca vaccines, who are part of the second batch of beneficiaries of its “Libreng Bakuna Para kay Juan at Juana” program at Sitra Mall on 31 July 2021, bringing the total number of fully vaccinated recipients of the program to 518.

The 367 undocumented OFs are now able to register in the comprehensive BeAware health app and avail of all the features of the app, including an electronic vaccination certificate (“green shield”) required for entry into office buildings, government institutions, malls, restaurants, schools, etc.

Apart from protection against COVID-19, the Bakuna para Kay Juan at Juana program aims to provide undocumented Filipinos a fighting chance in their quest to find employment in the Kingdom. The green shield or proof of having received the complete dose of COVID-19 vaccine is now one of the primary requirements of prospective employers in hiring a worker.

Philippine Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Alfonso A. Ver, together with other Embassy officials and staff, as well as some Filipino community volunteers, provided assistance during the event by guiding the recipients of the program and helping them register with the BeAware app of the Kingdom of Bahrain. END

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Photos of “Libreng Bakuna Para kay Juan at Juana” recipients after receiving their second dose of Astra Zenica vaccine. (Manama PE photo)

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