By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Vaccinated travelers heading to Negros Occidental are still required to register via the S-PaSS system, according to Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz.
Instead of the 72-hour negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result required for unvaccinated travelers, Diaz said yesterday that travelers who are already considered as “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving their second dose will be required instead to show their COVID-19 vaccination card.
Vaccinated individuals, including senior citizens, will also no longer be required to undergo swab tests upon arrival in the province’s port of entry.
Although voluntary, arriving travelers in Negros Occidental were previously encouraged to get a swab test, as well as undergo voluntary quarantine while awaiting for their test result.
Diaz also commented that the provincial government fully backs the decision of the National Inter-Agency Task Force (NIATF) for vaccinated individuals, pointing out that the chances of vaccinated individuals becoming carriers of COVID-19 would be greatly minimized.
“Since this is sanctioned by the NIATF, then we would be happy to abide by their new resolution,” he said.
As of present, Diaz said the provincial government has only managed to vaccinate at least five percent of the population they are targeting.
In order to achieve herd immunity, the provincial government is targeting to vaccinate at least 70 percent of Negros Occidental’s total population./DGB, WDJ