DOH objects to ‘vaccine passes’ for inoculated individuals

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is not in favor of providing “vaccine passes” to individuals already vaccinated against COVID-19 for access to certain indoor

5/14/2021 9:11:00 AM

DOH is not in favor of providing “vaccine passes” to individuals already vaccinated against COVID-19 for access to certain indoor establishments, opposing the recommendation reportedly being pushed by DTI and some members of the private sector.

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Health (DOH) is not in favor of providing “vaccine passes” to individuals already vaccinated against COVID-19 for access to certain indoor

and hospitalization.“As to preventing mild to moderate infections, hindi pa rin tayo nagbibigay ng ganyang assurance sa mga kababayan natin (we are not giving that assurance yet to the public),” said Vergeire.“Kaya sa ngayon, even if you are fully vaccinated, meaning you have completed two doses, kailangan pa rin natin magpatupad ng minimum health protocols, at itong sinasabing vaccine pass ay hindi pa rin mairerekomenda ng Kagawaran ng Kalusugan,” she added.

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(Right now, if you are fully vaccinated, meaning you have completed two doses, you still need to follow minimum health protocols. The DOH cannot recommend this issuance of vaccine passes yet.)INQUIRER.net has sought to confirm the said recommendation from Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez but has yet to receive a reply as of posting.

In January, Vergeire said the government will issueto those already vaccinated against COVID-19 but not for the purpose of having access to indoor establishments. She said the issuance of vaccine passports, once it is widely implemented, could be part of protocols for border control in different countries. headtopics.com

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