The city council unanimously approved a resolution allowing the entry of fully vaccinated individuals to the city without Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test Tuesday morning during the regular session of the city council.
Second district councilor, John Dalipe, passed a resolution recommending the Local Interagency Task Force on Coronavirus Disease 2019 to reconsider the no RT PCR no entry and allow the entry of fully vaccinated individuals to the city for domestic travel.
Dalipe said vaccinated individuals are considered low risk by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. They are also less likely to contract and transmit the virus.
Fully vaccinated means that an individual already got the two doses of vaccines and 14 days after their second dose.
He stressed this will also ease the burden of vaccinated individuals spending additional for the RT PCT test which cost some ₱ 2,000 to ₱ 3,000.
RT-PCR test is the gold standard for Covid-19 testing. It is being asked by local government units before passengers can enter their place.
Aside from these other local government units are already allowing the entry of fully vaccinated individuals without RT PCR test like Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Ilo Ilo, Pagadian, Cebu and others.
Zamboanga City now vaccinated 412,027 of its 700,000 eligible population when it comes to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccination program.
Vaccinated were medical frontliners or A1 category, senior citizens or A2, persons with comorbidities A3, economic frontliners A4, poor families A5 and the general population.
These individuals were vaccinated in the city’s vaccination sites. Vaccines used were Astrazeneca, Sinovac, Jansen, Sputnik V, Moderna, and Pfizer.