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A TOP Palace official said those fully vaccinated but came in close contact with a COVID-19 positive need not spend long in a quarantine facility.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement that those who have already completed two COVID-19 vaccine doses but unknowingly had a close encounter with someone who tested positive of COVID-19 will only be required to stay in quarantine facilities for seven days instead of the usual 10 days.

In situations when fully vaccinated individuals are close contacts of probable and confirmed COVID-19 cases, they may undergo a shortened 7-day quarantine period only if they remain asymptomatic for the duration of the 7-day period,” Roque said.

He, however, said that in case there is a need for swab tests, fully vaccinated individuals may be tested not earlier than the 5th day after the date of their last exposure from the virus.

Interestingly, the Palace mouthpiece said that there is no need to undergo testing and go into quarantine for “close contacts who may have been traced beyond the 7th day from the last exposure and who remained asymptomatic.”

Under existing government protocols, a person is considered fully inoculated two weeks after getting the second dose.

In a related development, Roque said that intrazonal movement of fully vaccinated senior citizens within areas under general community quarantine and modified general community quarantine will still be allowed.

They must, however, present a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card “duly issued by a legitimate vaccinating establishment, or certificate of quarantine completion showing the holder’s vaccination status as may be issued by the Bureau of Quarantine.” 

On the other hand, the presentation of a COVID-19 domestic vaccination card as long as it is legitimate will also be sufficient alternatives to any testing requirement (before travel or upon arrival) which the local government of destination may require.

This interzonal travel shall likewise apply to fully vaccinated senior citizens. Also, the traveler needs to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival in the local government of destination,” Roque added.

The government earlier approved a shorter quarantine period for arriving Filipinos who are fully inoculated and who came from green countries or low-risk areas.

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