IATF allows fully-vaccinated senior citizens in GCQ, MGCQ areas to go out

For over a year, elderly persons over the age of 65 have been ordered to stay at home amid the pandemic. Now, the fully vaccinated among them can now step out of their homes.

Senior citizens who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) and modified GCQ are now allowed to go outside their residence even for non-essential activities. 

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque made the announcement of the new policy on Friday, June 11 following a Thursday meeting of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF). 

“[This is] subject to presentation of a duly issued Covid-19 vaccination card, and strict observance of the minimum public health standards,” Roque said.

“The movement of fully vaccinated seniors is, however, limited to travel within their zone as interzonal travel is still prohibited, except for point-to-point travel that was previously allowed,” he added.

The ban on interzonal travel means that even fully vaccinated senior citizens can only take a trip within their zone but not to an area under a different quarantine status.

For example, fully vaccinated elderly who live in Cavite can travel to Metro Manila or other “NCR Plus” areas such as Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal since these places are all under GCQ ‘with restrictions.’ 

Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders are still in place even for fully vaccinated seniors in areas under the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ). They will be allowed, however, to go out for essential activities or emergencies.

As of June 8, there were 415,540 senior citizens who have been fully vaccinated or received their two COVID-19 vaccine doses nationwide.

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