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'No Vaxx, No Ride' in Metro Manila Will Be Strictly Enforced, According to DOTR

At least while Level 3 is still in effect.
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Commuters who have not yet been vaccinated will not be allowed to access public transportation in Metro Manila, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said Wednesday. DOTr Secretary the department order with the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy will be in effect and strictly enforced while the National Capital Region is still under Covid-19 Alert Level 3 or higher.  

“All concerned attached agencies and sectoral offices of DOTr are directed to ensure that operators of public transportation shall allow access or issue tickets only to ‘fully vaccinated persons’ as evidenced by a physical or digital copies of an LGU [local government unit]-issued vaccine card, or any IATF-prescribed document, with a valid government issued ID with picture and address,” the department order reads.

The directive comes soon after President Rodrigo Duterte’s instruction to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated individuals in Metro Manila, especially after the recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases in NCR. 

A person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving their second dose in a two-dose vaccination series, such as with the Pfizer or Moderna brand of vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine such as with Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine, according to the transport chief’s department order, according to IATF rules and the transport chief’s department order. 

However, there are exemptions to the no vaccination, no ride policy: those 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; and those 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.

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