Guv tells Cebu mayors: Refrain from requiring vax cards in government transactions

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CEBU Governor Gwendolyn Garcia issued a memorandum on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, reminding all mayors in Cebu Province to refrain from "requiring the presentation of a vaccination card for any educational, employment, and other similar government transaction purposes."

The governor's issuance of Memorandum 3-2022 is in line with Section 12 of Republic Act (RA) 11525 (Covid-19 Vaccination Program Act of 2021).

A portion of Section 12 (g) of RA 11525 states that "vaccine cards shall not be considered as an additional mandatory requirement for educational, employment, and other similar government transaction purposes."

Cebu Province's jurisdiction covers 44 municipalities and six component cities. Not under the Provincial Government are the highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu.

The governor's memorandum came after the government implemented the "no vax, no ride" policy in Metro Manila. This policy, however, is not implemented in Cebu.

In December last year, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases required unvaccinated employees to provide a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result before they would be permitted to work on-site.

The workers who remain unvaccinated are required to submit a negative RT-PCR result every two weeks, according to the IATF memo that was relayed by IATF chief implementer for the Visayas Melquiades Feliciano to Councilor Joel Garganera, the deputy chief implementer of the Emergency Operations Center in Cebu City. (KAL)

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