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DoTr brings jabs drive to terminals

Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full Covid-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor are exempted from the policy

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Photograph by Joey Mendoza

To offer convenience to commuters who want to get vaccinated, the Department of Transportation (DoTr) partnered with the Department of Health (DoH) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to launch yet another inoculation drive.

The government agencies kicked off the “We Vax as One: Mobile Vaccination Drive” on Monday, 24 January, at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

The mobile vaccination drive for commuters and transport workers will run for five days from 24 to 28 January, using AstraZeneca vaccine brand as first, second, and booster doses.

The newly launched program intends to inoculate 500 vaccine doses to individuals daily from 8 a.m. until 12 noon.

Last year, the DoTr led a similar Covid-19 vaccination drive for transport workers for six consecutive weeks at the PITX that started on 31 July 2021, dubbed as “TsuperHero: Kasangga ng Resbakuna.”

Based on DoH data as of 23 January, the Philippines has administered 123 million Covid-19 vaccines — 57 million Filipinos completed their Covid-19 vaccines, 59 million received the first dose, while 6.2 million received their booster shots.

Vaccine czar Carlito Galvez Jr. recently said the government is targeting to fully vaccinate 70 million people by the end of February or early March.

To recall, a “No Vax, No Ride” policy is in effect in the National Capital Region until the Alert Level 3 protocol is lifted.

Persons with medical conditions that prevent their full Covid-19 vaccination as shown by a duly-signed medical certificate with the name and contact details of their doctor are exempted from the policy.

Likewise, persons who will buy essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as shown by a duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to justify travel are not covered by the policy.

The DoTr also reiterated that an employee of an industry allowed to operate under Alert Level 3 can still board public transport, even if unvaccinated, provided that they can present proof that they are going to work, such as a company ID or a Certificate of Employment.

Erring drivers and operators will face a fine of P5,000 for the first offense; P10,000 and impounding of unit for the second offense; and P15,000 and suspension or cancellation of the franchise for the third offense.

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