MANILA, Philippines – The government’s Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has released its final guidelines for the movement of individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
An individual is considered fully vaccinated after at least 2 weeks since receiving a single-dose vaccine or the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine.
The vaccine used on the individual must be included in the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) List or Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) issued by the Philippine Food and Drug Administration or Emergency Use Listing of the World Health Organization.
Under the guidelines, the IATF said the intrazonal movement of fully vaccinated senior citizens within areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified General Community Quarantine shall continue to be allowed.
This is provided that they present their COVID-19 domestic vaccination card duly issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or certificate of quarantine completion showing the holder’s vaccination status as may be issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.
For interzonal travel allowed by the IATF, a fully vaccinated person, regardless of age, may present their vaccination card duly signed by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or certificate of quarantine completion issued by the Bureau of Quarantine in lieu of complying with any testing requirement of the local government of destination.
“This interzonal travel shall likewise apply to fully vaccinated senior citizens,” the task force said.
All travelers, however, would still be required to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival in the local government of destination.
If tagged as close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases, fully vaccinated individuals may undergo a shortened 7-day quarantine period only if they remain asymptomatic for the duration of the 7-day period.
“In case there is a need for RT-PCR testing, this may be done not earlier than the 5th day after the date of the last exposure,” the IATF said.
The task force also said that no testing and quarantine shall be required for close contacts who may have been traced beyond the 7th day from the last exposure and who remained asymptomatic.
“Prescribed testing and isolation protocols shall be followed once the RT-PCR test yields a positive result, or the individual becomes symptomatic,” it added.