PAL seeks easier entry for vaccinated passengers from North America

FLAG carrier Philippine Airlines, Inc. (PAL) on Thursday said it has proposed to pilot test a “no facility quarantine protocol” for vaccinated passengers from North America. The policy will cover “North American vaccinated passengers arriving in the Philippines and… Filipinos fully vaccinated in the Philippines who traveled to North America and are returning to the […]

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. […]

Vaxxed young adults have highest breakthrough infections in CV

VACCINATED young adults in Central Visayas topped the figures for breakthrough infections for Covid-19, the Visayas Vaccination Operations Center (VVOC) said. Of the 13,596 total breakthrough infections in the region, 8,209 or 60 percent belonged to the young adults (21 to 30 years old). VVOC spokesperson Dr. Mary Jean Loreche on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 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 […]

Davide to Cebu residents: Don’t be picky on Covid-19 vaccines

CEBU Vice Gov. Hilario “Junjun” Davide III encouraged his constituents to get vaccinated and avoid choosing particular vaccine brands. Davide gave the reaction after reading SunStar Cebu’s report that some residents in Asturias town are refusing to get vaccinated as the town’s vaccination personnel are using the China-based Sinovac vaccine to inoculate the residents. Davide […]

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 […]

‘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 […]

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 […]

Amazon’s COVID dilemma: Mandate vaccinations and risk losing workers

WHILE MUCH of Corporate America scrambled to adjust COVID-19 policies this summer in response to a surge of cases,, Inc. was dismantling its coronavirus testing sites. Sequestered corners of warehouses and conference rooms where, just a few weeks ago employees were performing nasal swabs, are now blocked off or cleared of equipment. This may seem […]

More people willing to get vaccinated in Cebu City

THE number of individuals who have registered for Cebu City’s coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program has reached more than 400,000. According to the latest data provided by Management Information and Computer Services (Mics) officer-in-charge Richter Castañares on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, 426,133 individuals are currently registered. This constitutes 61 percent of the 700,000 individuals […]

Briones: Wrong move?

INITIALLY, I was an advocate of limiting the movement of individuals who have not been vaccinated against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). I believed that this restriction would force those who continue to be vaccine hesitant to get the jab. That is until a friend, who is much wiser than I, told me he disagreed. He […]