Outbound Filipinos can avail themselves of yellow vaccination card from BOQ

THE Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) will issue a yellow vaccination card to Filipinos bound for countries that require internationally valid certificates of vaccination.

Dr. Mary Jean Loreche, spokesperson of the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC), said the BOQ will release the yellow vaccination card first since the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is still working on the national vaccination card.

The target rollout of the national vaccination card is August.

Loreche said the BOQ will start releasing the yellow vaccination cards on Thursday, July 15, 2021, at two sites in the National Capital Region and one site in Cebu.

She said those who wish to avail themselves of the yellow vaccination card may visit the BOQ sites or the agency’s official website.

Loreche advised Filipinos going abroad to check requirements of the country of their destination.

Meanwhile, Loreche said fully vaccinated individuals who want to engage in domestic travel may still present their local government unit (LGU) or hospital-issued vaccination card to the LGU of destination, which accepts vaccination cards as an alternative to a negative RT-PCR test result.

She said the receiving LGU must require a government-issued ID as support to the vaccination card or certificate.

The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases initially issued Resolution 124-B that allowed fully vaccinated individuals to present a vaccination card in lieu of a negative RT-PCR test result when they travel inside the country.

However, the Department of Health later announced that it would be up to the receiving LGU whether to accept a vaccination card or require a negative swab test result. (KFD)