IATF OKs A4 priority group for COVID-19 vaccination – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2021   •   309

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has approved the list of sectors included in the A4 priority group of the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Malacañang said Friday.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the A4 priority list includes the following:

  • Workers in commuter transport (land, air, and sea), including logistics
  • Public and private wet and dry market vendors
  • Frontline workers in groceries, supermarkets, delivery services
  • Workers in manufacturing for food, beverage, medical and pharmaceutical products
  • Frontline workers in food retail, including food service delivery
  • Frontline workers in private and government financial services
  • Frontline workers in hotels and accommodation establishments
  • Priests, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders
  • Security guards/ personnel assigned in offices, agencies, and organizations identified in the list of priority industries/sectors
  • Frontline workers in private and government news media
  • Customer-facing personnel of telecoms, cable and internet service providers, electricity distribution and water distribution utilities
  • Frontline personnel in basic education and higher education institutions and agencies
  • Overseas Filipino workers, including those scheduled for deployment within two months

Also included in the A4 priority group for COVID-19 vaccination are the following:

  • Frontline workers in law/justice, security, and social protection sectors
  • Frontline government workers engaged in the operations of government transport system, quarantine inspection;
  • Worker safety inspection and other COVID-19 response activities
  • Frontline government workers in charge of tax collection, assessment of businesses for incentives, election, national ID, data collection personnel
  • Diplomatic community and Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) personnel in consular operations
  • Department of Public Works and Highways personnel in charge of monitoring government infrastructure projects

Roque said the IATF approved the A4 list on Thursday, April 15.

The Palace official likewise announced that the IATF has approved the continuation of the training of the national athletes at the Olympic Training Bubble in Calamba, Laguna as well as the extension of the temporary suspension of foreign nationals until April 30, 2021.

Foreign nationals with valid entry exemption documents duly issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs prior to March 22, 2021 will be allowed entry to the Philippines.

The IATF also approved the extension of the risk-level classification of Quirino Province under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine until April 30, Roque said.


IATF places Cagayan, Apayao, Benguet under MECQ until May 23

Robie de Guzman   •   May 10, 2021


MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) has placed Cagayan, Apayao, and Benguet under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) amid the continuing threat of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Malacañang said on Monday.

Under IATF Resolution No. 114-C issued on May 9, the three provinces will be under MECQ from May 10 to 23.

“Upon the recommendation of the Screening and Validation Committee, Cagayan, Apayao, and Benguet shall be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine from May 10, 2021 to May 23, 2021. The risk-level classifications of the aforementioned provinces shall be without prejudice to their reclassification as may be warranted and the declaration of localized enhanced community quarantine in critical areas,” the resolution read.

Under MECQ status, non-essential travels are prohibited and non-essential services and establishments are partially shuttered.

Other areas under MECQ until May 14 include the National Capital Region, Cavite, Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, Zamboanga City, Santiago City, Isabela, Quirino and Ifugao.

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Bagong batch ng Sinovac vaccine doses gagamitin sa Metro Manila, iba pang COVID-19 ‘hot spots’ — Galvez

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Agad ipamamahagi sa Metro Manila at iba pang lugar sa bansa na may mataas na kaso ng COVID-19 ang bagong batch ng COVID-19 vaccine doses na ginawa ng kumpanyang Sinovac BioTech.

Ang 1.5 milyong dose ng Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine na tinatawag na CoronaVac ay dumating sa bansa mula China bandang alas-otso nang umaga ng Biyernes.

Ito ang pinakamalaking shipment ng CoronaVac na dumating sa Pilipinas.

Sa kasalukuyan ay nasa limang milyong doses na ng COVID-19 vaccine ang natanggap ng Pilipinas mula sa Sinovac.

Ayon kay vaccine czar at National Task Force against COVID-19 chief implementer Carlito Galvez Jr., ipadadala ang mga bakunang ito sa mga lugar na may ‘high-attack rate’ ng COVID-19 gaya ng Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, at Laguna.

Ang mga nabanggit na lugar ay nasa ilalim ng modified enhanced community quarantine hanggang Mayo 14.

Tiniyak naman ni Galvez na hindi maiiwan ang iba pang lugar sa bansa dahil padadalhan din sila ng mga bakuna kapag dumating ang karadagdang supply sa mga susunod na buwan.

“Wala tayong iiwanan. Ang ano lang natin, ia-accelerate lang muna natin ang Manila because we are racing against time para bumaba ang kaso,” ani Galvez.

Una nang inirekomenda ng vaccine czar kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte na unahin sa COVID-19 vaccination program ang mga lugar sa bansa na may mataas na infection rate upang mapigilan ang pagdami ng mga magkakasakit at makatulong sa pagbangon ng ekonomiya ang bansa.

Iniulat din ni Galvez na aabot sa pitong milyong doses ng bakuna ang inaasahang darating sa bansa ngayong Mayo habang nasa sampung milyon naman sa Hunyo.

Dalawang milyong dose ng AstraZeneca vaccine ang posibleng i-deliver bukas habang mahigit sa 190,000 doses ng Pfizer ang inaasahang darating sa Mayo 11.

Plano ng pamahalaan na simulan ang pagbabakuna sa iba pang sektor na nasa COVID-19 priority list pati na sa general population kapag dumating na ang bulto ng vaccine supply sa Agosto o Setyembre. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

Philippines revises COVID-19 testing, quarantine protocols for inbound travelers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government has revised its testing and quarantine protocols for inbound travelers as part of efforts to curb the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country.

In the latest resolution issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), all incoming passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to undergo quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in the country.

The travelers must also get tested for COVID-19 on the seventh day of their quarantine.

“All arriving travelers shall undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The first ten days of which shall be observed in a quarantine facility, with the remainder to be completed under home quarantine in their respective local government units of destination,” stated the IATF Resolution No. 114.

“Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) testing shall be conducted on the seventh day with Day 1 being the day of arrival. Notwithstanding a negative test result, the arriving traveler shall complete the facility-based quarantine period of ten days,” it added.

The IATF directed the Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) to ensure strict symptom monitoring while the travelers are under facility quarantine for 10 days.

Previous protocols required passengers arriving in the Philippines to take COVID-19 testing on the fifth or sixth day of their quarantine unless they manifest symptoms at an earlier point. They were also required to stay at the quarantine facility for at least six nights.

The IATF noted in its resolution that local health authorities have received information on the existence of B.1.617 variant first detected in India, which has not been detected in the Philippines but has been seen in 26 countries.

“[T]he continued implementation of proactive measures and restrictions must be put in place to slow down the surge in COVID-19 cases, stop further spread of variants, buy time for the health system to cope, and to protect more lives,” it said.

The IATF has tasked the Department of Health (DOH), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), the BOQ, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to issue advisories for widest dissemination regarding current testing and quarantine protocols.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) shall lead the establishment of a “One Hotel Command,” together with other agencies, to immediately and efficiently address concerns of those undergoing facility-based quarantine.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), through the Philippine National Police (PNP), shall augment the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in providing security in quarantine facilities.

The DOH shall coordinate with the OWWA, the DOTr, the DOT, the BOQ, and the University of the Philippines-National Institute of Health to enhance current symptom tracking mechanisms and provide additional personnel to process and act on symptom tracking information.

The IATF also directed the DOTr to ascertain that swabbing will be done on exactly the 7th day and results delivered on the 9th day. The day of release from the quarantine facility shall be standardized on the 10th day.

Swabbers, on the other hand, shall continue the practice of double swabbing on the 7th day in case necessary for whole-genome sequencing, it added.


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