Philippines- Department of Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has concerns over the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) decision to allow fully vaccinated overseas Filipino and foreigners from green list countries not to undergo mandatory facility quarantine.
During the interview with ABC-CBN News Channel, Duque said that other countries can afford to do the policy due to 70 percent of national vaccination coverage, but the Philippines only has 30 percent. Duque also added that he was not present during the task force meeting about the quarantine procedures for OFWs and foreign travelers.
“So that is a cause of concern. I am going to raise this later once the IATF
reconvenes for this week,” he said.
Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) announced through Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque that there is no need for facility-based quarantine for foreigners and Filipinos who are fully vaccinated and departed from “green” countries upon arrival in the Philippines.
Starting October 14, Thursday, the following will be required of fully vaccinated foreigners entering from green countries and do not apply to tourist: A negative result of RT-PCR test within 72 hours and upon arrival in the Philippines, self-monitoring for any symptoms of Coronavirus for 14 days.
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