Vaccination programs against diseases such as measles and polio were disrupted by global obsession with the Covid pandemic. Photo: iStock

The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) has recommended to Manila that overseas Filipino workers going to Hong Kong for the first time should get measles vaccinations.

Labor Attache Jalilo Dela Torre said they recommended that “all HK-bound workers,” not only domestic workers, should be vaccinated against measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and it should be part of the pre-employment medical checks for newly-hired workers, reported.

The proposal was followed up by the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection, which recommended vaccination against measles. The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration had yet to reply to the proposal.

Philippine Consulate officials will have a technical working group meeting over the issue with the Hong Kong Government this month. Consul Paul Saret, head of the Philippine Consulate General-Assistance to Nationals Section, said he would raise the cost issue of the vaccination, but believed the consulate should shoulder the cost.

The consulate had earlier assured that the health department was only “advising” vacationing foreign domestic workers to get vaccinated. But Saret said the consulate was also advising workers who had not been vaccinated against measles to get their vaccination.

The health department said six people from the Philippines had recently had measles in Hong Kong.

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