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Guv issues EO setting rules for fully vaccinated individuals

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Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson issued an executive order Tuesday, July 6, adopting the salient points of the guidelines and protocols for fully vaccinated individuals set in Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Resolution 124-B.

An individual is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the second dose in a two-dose series or after having received a single dose vaccine, Lacson said.

Fully vaccinated senior citizens are allowed intrazonal movement in areas under General Community Quarantine and Modified GCQ.

All they have to do is present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or a certificate of quarantine completion showing the holder’s vaccination status issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.

Lacson also said fully vaccinated individuals need not present negative RT-PCR test results for interzonal movement before travel or on arrival

However, an inbound passenger must undergo health and exposure screening on arrival in the local government unit of destination.

Fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases may undergo a shortened seven-day quarantine period provided the individual remains asymptomatic.

For fully vaccinated close contacts who may have been traced beyond the seventh day from exposure and who may have remained asymptomatic, no testing and quarantine will be required.

In the event that a Reverse Transcription–Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test needs to be performed, it may be done only on the fifth day after the date of last exposure.

Should the RT-PCR test result of the fully vaccinated individual be positive, he or she will have to follow the isolation protocols of the province of Negros Occidental, Lacson said.

In all instances strict observance of minimum health standards prescribed by the Department of Health should continue to be enforced, he added.*

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