Fully-vaccinated close contacts should still undergo quarantine

The Davao City Covid-19 Task Force ordered fully vaccinated close contacts to undergo a 14-day quarantine when exposed to a probable and confirmed Covid-19 case.

Spokesperson Dr. Michelle Schlosser announced on Friday via Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR) that this is based on the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) 124-B Series of 2021.

“Katong g-irelease right after girelease na siya, nag surge ang Manila and Cebu and then gi-defer na siya sa IATF meaning gibawi siya nga guidelines. Even if pag-release anang 124-B, wala na siya gi-adopt sa Davao City, wala na siya gi-adapt sa COVID-19 Task Force ug sa atong respected Mayor because dili siya applicable when ang isa ka lugar wala pa ka-achieve ug herd immunity,” Schlosser said.

It can be recalled that in July this year, the IATF released the resolution initially allowing fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts of probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases to just undergo a seven-day quarantine period, provided that the individual remains asymptomatic for the duration of the seven days with the first day being the immediate date after the last exposure.

According to the Department of Health (DOH) a person is considered exposed to an infected individual if he has a “face-to-face contact within one meter and for at least 15 minutes, direct physical contact, direct care for a patient without using personal protective equipment, or other situations as indicated by local risk assessments.”

Meanwhile, the national government suspended the protocol that allows the shortened seven-day quarantine period for fully-vaccinated travelers and individuals exposed to Covid-19 positive patients last month.

On the other hand, the city government of Davao continue giving free anti-Covid vaccination to Dabawenyos.

Recently, the city started giving vaccination at the People’s Park for the informal income earners.

The vaccination team at People’s Park administered the first dose to more than 700 walk-ins, including sidewalk, fruit, and flower vendors, trisikad, tricycle and habal-habal drivers, laborers, kargadors and construction workers, sales lady, tindero and tindera, Puj and taxi and taxi drivers, and service delivery drivers (food panda, grab and toktok).

As of September 4, the city government has already administered the first dose to 620,284 Dabawenyos and 347,797 for the second dose.

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