Transport authorities on Monday started requiring commuters to present proof of COVID-19 vaccination to ride public transport as the government seeks to slow the spread of the highly contagious omicron coronavirus variant.
Commuters need to present their vaccine card and a valid ID whenever they ride public transport--whether land, sea, and air travel. However, the Department of Transportation clarified that there are exemptions to the "no vaccine, no ride" rule.
It's important to note that while COVID-19 vaccination is encouraged in the Philippines to help end the pandemic, getting jabbed is not mandatory.
Here are the exemptions to the "No Vaccine, No Ride" policy of the DOTr:
1. Passengers who cannot get a COVID-19 vaccine due to an existing medical condition.
2. Passengers who are getting or bringing essential goods such as food, water, and medicines.
3. Passengers who are scheduled to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
Commuters who fall under any of the mentioned exemptions need to present proof to security officers of public transport vehicles, the DOTr said.
The following minimum public health standards meanwhile remain in effect in all public transport:
1. No eating and drinking
2. No talking
3. Wearing of face mask
4. Voluntary wearing of face shield
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