SOME 60,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who signified their intentions to be repatriated have changed their minds and opted to stay in their host countries after being inoculated with coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccine.
“There are about 100,000 [OFWs] who [recently] applied for repatriation. Suddenly 60 percent of those who asked for repatriation said that they are not going home anymore. It turned out that they were already vaccinated, thus making them immune [from the coronavirus] and increasing their reemployment chances,” said Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd in a virtual briefing on Wednesday.
Bello said that many of those who opted to stay were from Middle East countries that have started their vaccination drive such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait and Oman. All used the Pfizer- BioNTech jab, except for Bahrain which is also using China’s Sinopharm.
Bello said that a lot of Europe-based Filipino workers have also stayed put in their host countries because of the insurance benefits accorded them.