Bilateral agreements may reduce the time spent in quarantine for persons who have been injected overseas.
The Department of Health (DOH) announced Saturday that bilateral agreements with foreign countries are another approach to reduce the quarantine time for persons who have been vaccinated overseas.
All persons may leave and enter the country with a seven-day quarantine upon return, according to the current rules released by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID).
The new law, however, does not apply to fully vaccinated individuals who had their vaccinations outside of the United States since there is currently no mechanism in place to verify this.
“May challenge pa tayo sa sytem natin ngayon kung saan humahanap pa tayo ng means to verify yung vaccination na manggagaling sa ibang bansa, and this can be in the form of bilateral agreements with specific countries (There is still a challenge when it comes to the verification system for those who have been vaccinated, but we’re now looking
Despite the fact that the national government is trying to build a trustworthy verification system, Vergeire said that owing to the high number of coronavirus cases in the country, the relaxing of quarantine would be done in “phased implementation.”
“Pangalawa, ganoon karami pa rin ang nababakunahan, so unti-unti nating gagawin ‘yon. Iyong ibang sektor na hindi naibilang dito ay maaaring sa susunod na linggo o buwan ay makasama na rin Other industries that were not covered by the new standards might be included as soon as next week or next month) “she said
Foreign visitors, on the other hand, would be subject to the community’s current quarantine status, according to Vergeire.
“Ang mga turista bago natin papasukin, iko-consider din muna natin’yong ating quarantine status sa Pilipinas at’yong vaccination coverage natin kung maaari na tayong magluwag when it comes to this kind of sector,” she said.