Know anyone returning to the country soon? Well, it looks like they have to spend less time in quarantine upon returning to the Philippines. In a report from GMA News Online, the government declared that they will reduce the quarantine period for arriving Filipinos who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to seven days starting July 1.
At a recent press briefing, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said this shortened quarantine period will cover those coming from “green” or low-risk countries and those countries with a trustworthy process in issuing certificates of vaccination. The list of these countries will be released by the Department of Health (DOH) soon.
What qualifies someone as fully vaccinated anyway? Basically, a person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after he or she received the second dose of a two-dose vaccine and the single dose of the vaccine.
Vaccine brands to be recognized by the Philippine government are those issued emergency use authorization (EUA) by the local Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and those under the emergency use list of the World Health Organization.
To put things into perspective, Filipinos returning to the Philippines have to undergo quarantine in order to control the number of cases in the country. On average, there have been 6,000 new cases in the country in the past few weeks. It may be significantly less than the number of new cases a few months ago, but it’s still thousands of cases.
But still, awesome news, right? It’s less expensive on their end, and more vaccinated people in the country. With the arrival of more vaccine doses in the country, it’s a step towards a herd community, and some semblance of normalcy. Well, in case you’re wondering, here’s a list of things you can do once you’ve been vaccinated.