‘Green lane’ para sa fully vaccinated vs COVID-19 para lang sa border control — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   June 4, 2021   •   1471

MANILA, Philippines — Mas madali na ang magiging proseso sa pagpasok sa bansa ng mga indibidwal na nakakumpleto na ng bakuna kontra COVID-19 sa Pilipinas.

Sa inaprubahang guidelines ng Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), hindi na kailangan pang sumailalim sa 14-day quarantine period gayundin sa seventh-day COVID-19 testing habang naka-isolate ang mga indibidwal na fully vaccinated na laban sa COVID-19 kung sila ay uuwi sa Pilipinas.

“Ang mga Pilipino po na nabakunahan dito sa ating bansa kung sila man ay nagpunta sa ibang bansa, kapag bumalik sila dito, they will undergo 7-day quarantine, no need to test anymore. They will just be monitored for 7 days,” ang paliwanag ni Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.

“Kapag hindi po sila nag-develop ng sintomas, maaari na po silang umuwi at doon na lang sila magtutuloy ng pag-mointor sa kanilang sarili,” dagdag pa niya.

Ngunit paglilinaw ni Vergeire, ang mas pinadaling proseso o tinatawag na ‘green lane’ ay para lamang ito sa border control ng Pilipinas at hindi pa kasama ang mga estabilisimyento.

“Itong green lanes na ito specific sa border, ito ay maaaring makapagbigay response siguro dito ay ang Department of Tourism… This is iyong mga borders natin ang pinag- uusapan itong green lanes na ito. As to the establishments, hindi pa po napag- uusapan sa IATF,” ani Vergeire.

Sa susunod na linggo inaasahang magbibigay ng dagdag na impormasyon ang mga otoridad kaugnay naman ng planong pagbibigay ng vaccine passport para sa mga fully vaccinated na laban sa COVID-19. RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

Over 10 million individuals in PH now fully vaccinated vs COVID-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of individuals who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country has reached more than 10 million, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Thursday.

“Ngayon po we have breached a very important milestone in our national vaccination program,” Roque said during a ceremonial vaccination held in Mandaluyong to celebrate the achievement.

“Kung dati po nagkukumahog kung saan kukuha ng bakuna, ngayon po meron ng 10 milyong Pilipino na mayroon ng full proteksyon mula sa kalaban nating COVID-19,” he added.

As of August 4, a total of 22,488,705 jabs have been administered nationwide, of which 12,206,555 were administered as first dose, while 10,282,152 were given as second dose.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. earlier announced that the country has recorded the highest single-day vaccination output at 702,013 on August 3, surpassing the government’s goal of administering 500,000 doses daily.

Meanwhile, NTF Deputy Chief Implementer and testing czar Secretary Vivencio Dizon noted that the country had also set another record in its vaccine program on August 3.

The Philippines aims to vaccinate up to 70 million people this year to attain population protection against COVID-19.

Philippines hits 702K COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in one day — Galvez

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has recorded its highest single-day output since the vaccination drive against COVID-19 started in March, vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. said.

In a statement, Galvez said the country has administered a total of 702,013 doses of COVID-19 vaccines on August 3.

This means that the country has surpassed its goal of administering 500,000 doses daily.

Out of the 702,013 doses, 233,065 shots were administered as the first dose, while 468,948 doses were administered as the second dose, based on data from the National Vaccine Operations Center (NVOC).

Galvez assured that the government will continue to implement the “focus and expand” strategy in its deployment of COVID-19 vaccines, as the country’s vaccine supply remains insufficient for all local government units nationwide.

While vaccine supplies from different manufacturers and sources continue to arrive in bulk, the country’s vaccine inventory is still not enough to inoculate the target population of 70.8 million Filipinos, he added.

“In order to meet the monthly demand and increase the capacities of all regions, provinces, and districts, the Philippines needs at least 25 million doses monthly,” said Galvez.

In July, the country received 16.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, the biggest shipment made in a single month since the start of the vaccine rollout in March.

Galvez stressed that the prioritization of areas, as well as the implementation of a phased vaccination program, is necessary to ensure the immediate protection of the nation’s highly vulnerable sectors, particularly the A1 (healthcare workers), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (persons with comorbidities) groups.

Under the phased vaccination program, the National Task Force (NTF) against COVID-19 will determine the vaccine allocation per region or province based on the following:

  • The master lists of eligible population submitted by a local government unit
  • The health, economic, social, and security risk of a locality
  • The population density of an area
  • The capacity of an LGU to receive and administer the vaccines
  • The availability of vaccine supplies in the national inventory

“We conducted a risk assessment for our vaccine allocation. Our focus on deployment are areas in the NCR+10 and those with confirmed cases of the Delta variant,” he said.

Galvez likewise acknowledged that the government faces challenges in the vaccination of the A2 group, particularly those in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas.

“This is the reason why we allocated the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccines to these areas to increase the vaccination output and thankfully we are seeing progress,” he said.

Galvez said that the NTF and the NVOC will also give provinces the flexibility to determine the allocation for their respective cities and municipalities through their Regional Vaccination Operations Center.

“The allocation lists are being deliberated by NVOC and these are submitted to me and Secretary Vince [Dizon] for evaluation to ensure that the distribution will be based on the master list of priority sectors A1 to A3 since kulang na kulang pa ang supply,” he said.

“Our focus now is to ensure that we will have more vaccines this month and in the months ahead,” he added.

QC warns of fines, jail time vs violators of COVID-19 vaccination rules

Robie de Guzman   •   August 5, 2021

People engaging in illegal acts relating to COVID-19 vaccination and those violating the inoculation rules will face fines and jail time, the Quezon City government warned Thursday.

In a statement, the city government said the policy will be implemented after Mayor Joy Belmonte received reports that some individuals are showing up at vaccination sites with fake notification messages from the city government.

The supposed text or email messages were purportedly sent to them, but their names were not on the list of confirmed vaccine recipients for the day when verified, it added.

“This should serve as a warning to those who want to take advantage of the city’s vaccination program through illegal means,” Belmonte said.

“We won’t take your illegal acts sitting down and we will go after you with the full force of the law,” she added.

The city government also received reports about individuals engaging in fraudulent sale of COVID-19 vaccines and falsification of vaccination cards.

To address this, Belmonte approved Ordinance No. SP-3032, S-2021, to thwart any illegal acts relating to the government’s vaccination program.

Under the ordinance, counterfeiting, forging, altering or imitating a vaccine card or any information, signature, seal or feature on the same are prohibited.

The policy also prohibits the following acts:

  • Misrepresenting any information requested by authorities in relation to vaccination, including the information indicated in the vaccine card, for purposes of obtaining undue benefits or privileges.
  • Sale, advertisement, distribution, solicitation, or administration of COVID-19 vaccines for profit and commercial purposes without any authorization or permit issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  • Purchasing COVID-19 vaccines, whether from a private individual or a government official/employee, without any authority, issued by the FDA.
  • Sale, advertisement, distribution, solicitation, or administration of fake or adulterated COVID-19 vaccines.
  • Sale of COVID-19 vaccine slot/s originally reserved by the person applying for the same to others for the purpose of substituting someone other than the original and supposed applicant.
  • Purchasing COVID-19 vaccine slot/s, whether from a private individual or a government official/employee.
  • Misrepresentation of vaccine status for purposes of fraud or deceit, including a fully vaccinated person pretending to be unvaccinated for purposes of receiving additional inoculations.
  • Commission of any other deceit or fraud in relation to the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.

The city government said violators will face a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of not less than one month but not more than six months, or both at the discretion of the proper court.

“If the offense is committed by a firm, partnership, corporation or other juridical entity, the chief executive officer, president, general manager or such other officer in charge will be held liable,” it said.

“Aside from this, violators may also be charged for violation of Republic Act No. 9771 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 1991, the Revised Penal Code and other applicable laws,” it added.

The Quezon City government said it continues to implement a no walk-in policy in the local vaccination program.



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