Those Filipinos from abroad who have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are still required to undergo testing and quarantine upon arrival in the country, the Department of Health (DOH) said Monday, April 18.
Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said this in a virtual press briefing, noting that there is no enough evidence yet showing that the available vaccines can prevent the transmission of the virus.
“Sa ngayon, kahit fully vaccinated na ang mga returning Filipinos natin, tayo pa rin po ay nag re-require ng same procedure of quarantine and testing (As of now, even though our returning Filipinos have been fully vaccinated, we still require the same procedure of quarantine and testing),” Vergeire said in a virtual press briefing.
According to Vergeire, experts have said that there is a lack of evidence indicating that the available vaccines against the infectious disease can block the transmission of the virus.
The Health department and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) earlier said that the vaccines were “safe and effective in protecting against the severe form of COVID-19.”
The government agencies added that “vaccines would prevent hospitalization due to severe disease.”
“So hanggang hindi pa kumpleto at hindi pa sufficient ang ebidensiya (until the evidence is not complete and not enough) to finally conclude that these vaccines can really prevent one person from being infected and that person from infecting others, then we will retain our protocols,” Vergeire said.