2GO Travel says 5 destinations grant easier entry to fully vaccinated passengers

2GO Group, Inc.’s 2GO Travel said the cities of Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, and the province of Cebu are now granting entry to fully vaccinated travelers without the need for reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests. “Fully vaccinated passengers bound for Bacolod, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo can easily apply for their […]

IATF alert system reso ‘legal basis’ for firing unvaccinated workers

COMPANIES may now use the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ resolution on the alert level system as a legal basis to fire or withhold the salaries of their employees who are not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello said on Thursday, October 21, 2021. […]

DOT supports move to shorten isolation period of fully vaccinated travelers

THE Department of Tourism is rallying behind the move to shorten the quarantine period of fully vaccinated travelers saying such initiative is crucial in the eventual resumption of international travel. “The DOT stands squarely behind the call of President Duterte to shorten the quarantine period for fully vaccinated travelers. This is a crucial step towards […]

Only 16.2% of PH population fully vaccinated against Covid-19

TWENTY-ONE months into the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, widespread vaccination has become the holy grail for a world looking to exit economically crippling lockdowns that have been used thus far to curb the spread of Covid-19. Some 227.8 million people have been infected with Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, as of Sept. 17, 2021 […]

Gwen rejects ‘Bakuna Bubble’

CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia does not agree with the “Bakuna Bubble” approach of the Cebu City Government incentivizing the Covid-19 vaccination program that limits only to vaccinated individuals access to some air-conditioned establishments in Cebu City. In a press conference held in Boljoon during the Caravan of Provincial Government Services on Sept 16, Garcia said […]

‘Vaccine bubbles’ unfair, costly – business groups

THE private sector is split on “vaccine bubbles” as some business groups on Monday described as discriminatory the proposed measures to allow greater mobility for the vaccinated. In a statement, the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), Employers Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) and the Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (Philexport) said the proposed measures […]

Rafi to award LGUs over vax campaign

THE Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi) is set to award local government units (LGUs) in Cebu to encourage them to intensify their vaccination rollout. Rafi’s “Bakuna Campaign Award” aims to encourage barangay officials and local stakeholders to initiate and undertake vaccination campaign activities to their constituents and protect majority of the population against the coronavirus […]

Adverse effects of vax below 1%

OF thE 1,004,760 individuals inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccines in Central Visayas, only 5,120 (0.51 percent) reported minor adverse events following immunization (AEFI) and only 53 (0.005 percent) reported serious AEFI as of Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. The figures are based on the Visayas Covid-19 Vaccination Operations Center’s (VVOC) vaccine surveillance […]

Guidelines for vaxxed travelers under review

DESPITE the easing of domestic travel restrictions for fully vaccinated individuals, the Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, stressed that local government units (LGUs) may still ask fully vaccinated travelers to present a negative swab test result as entry requirement. DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III issued the clarification after some LGUs expressed […]

Cebu local officials give thumbs up to IATF’s new domestic travel policy

OFFICIALS of Cebu City and Cebu Province welcomed the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to allowing domestic travel for fully vaccinated individuals and not obligating them to present the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results currently required by some receiving local government units (LGU). […]

No PCR-test requirement for travel by vaxxed pax

INDIVIDUALS fully vaccinated against Covid-19 may now undertake domestic travel without having to present the negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results currently required by some receiving local government units (LGU). The new guidelines were approved Friday, but officials in Cebu say they will still have to meet with stakeholders this week to discuss […]

COVID-19 cases hit 1.35M

The Department of Health (DoH) reported 6,833 coronavirus infections on Friday, bringing the total to 1.35 million. The death toll rose by 110 to 23,385, while recoveries improved by 3,441 to 1.26 million, it said in a bulletin. There were 61,776 active cases, 1.2% of which were critical, 92.2% were mild, 3.7% did not show […]