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Leyte is not keen on limiting the number of people who have not been vaccinated.

Governor of Leyte, Leopoldo Dominico Petilla, has stated that adopting a “no vaccination, no admission” or “no vaccination, no ride” policy in the province as a secondary action to combat the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) Omicron strain is not in his plans.

“The policy has no impact because transmission occurs in households, not places or public transportation,” Petilla said in a Friday interview.

He also stated that the province’s provincial ordinance on policies to restrict the spread of Covid-19 infection in the province does not need to be amended.

Earlier this year, the Regional Inter-agency Task Force and the Regional Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases issued a joint resolution encouraging local governments to draft a local ordinance restricting the travel of unvaccinated people.

The resolution calls for the “no vaccine, no entrance” policy to be enforced. The policy has been accepted by the provinces of Samar and Northern Samar.

According to Petilla, the policy will be implemented by local government units, but the impact on the local economy should be carefully addressed.

He stated that if the goal is to avoid the spread of Covid-19, more enforcement of basic health measures such as adequate face mask use, physical separation, and frequent handwashing should be implemented.

Vaccination initiatives at the local level must also be enhanced to ensure that more people have access to Covid-19 vaccinations.

Those who have been fully vaccinated must also receive booster doses to provide further protection against viral variations.

The province saw a spike in Covid-19 instances last month, with 3,033 cases reported in only four weeks.

According to data from the provincial health office, 2,314 infected persons are unvaccinated.

Leyte has had 22,051 confirmed Covid-19 cases, 21,189 recoveries, and 119 deaths since the epidemic began. As of January 30, there were 743 active cases.

As of January 31, 873,245 people in Leyte have gotten at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccination, out of a total population of 1,682,729 people.

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