DOTr orders implementation of ‘no vaccination, no ride/no entry’ policy in NCR starting Jan. 17

dotr-no-vaxx-no-ride-entry

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade ordered the enforcement of a “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy in the National Capital Region (NCR). The directive to implement the said initiative follows the presidential mandate to restrict the movement of people who are unvaccinated against COVID-19 in Metro Manila, which is now experiencing an uptick in cases.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • When will the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy be implemented?

    According to DOTr Usec Artemio Tuazon Jr., the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy will be in full effect starting Monday, January 17.
  • What qualifies as a fully vaccinated person?

    Individuals will only be considered fully vaccinated after two weeks of receiving their second dose in a two-dose vaccination series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.
  • Will there be exemptions to the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy?

    Exempted from the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy will be persons with medical conditions that prevent their full COVID-19 vaccination and persons who will buy essential goods and services.
  • DOTr Secretary Tugade said in his Department Order (DO) that the enforcement of the “no vaccination, no ride” policy will be in effect while a COVID-19 Alert Level 3 level or higher remains in effect in NCR as to be determined by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Disease (IATF).

    In addition, Tugade said the DO takes effect as soon as it gets published in the Official Gazette or in a newspaper of general circulation, and the submission of a copy with the Office of the National Administrative Register, UP Law Center.

    “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 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 DOTr department order read.

    The DO says that a person is considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 only after two weeks of 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.

    However, exemptions to the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy have been made. These include 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 and 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 the travel.

    Violations of the policy will be considered violations of applicable general safety and health provisions under any concession or service agreements, authority or permits to operate public transportation, and other similar instruments.

    The said department order covers not only those who reside in but also outside of NCR, who come to work in the region.

    The Metro Manila Council too — following the President’s order — passed a resolution urging the various local government units of Metro Manila to pass their respective ordinances on the enhanced restrictions on the movement of unvaccinated persons.

    Full implementation of the “no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy is said to start on Monday, January 17.

    “To give the public time to prepare for this (“no vaccination, no ride/no entry” policy), the order of Sec. Tugade is to make this fully effective by Monday,” says DoTr Usec Artemio Tuazon Jr.

    Photo from Department of Transportation's (DOTr) official Facebook page

    Also read: 

    DOTr calls for more thorough disinfection of public transport

    DOTr: 70% PUV capacity in NCR stays, MM mayors to restrict movement of unvaccinated

    Read All

    Featured Articles

    Recommended Articles For You

    Read All

    Featured Cars

    • Upcoming

    Car Articles From Zigwheels

    • News
    • Article Feature
    • Advisory Stories
    • Road Test
    • McLaren to field bespoke Senna livery at upcoming Monaco GP
      McLaren to field bespoke Senna livery at upcoming Monaco GP
      Paulo Papa . May 24, 2024
    • Ford PH now carries Bronco badge
      Ford PH now carries Bronco badge
      Ruben Manahan IV . May 23, 2024
    • General Tires re-enters PH market
      General Tires re-enters PH market
      Ruben Manahan IV . May 23, 2024
    • ACMobility opens charging centers in Cebu
      ACMobility opens charging centers in Cebu
      Paulo Papa . May 23, 2024
    • MPT South joins National Road Safety Month celebration with new safety campaign
      MPT South joins National Road Safety Month celebration with new safety campaign
      Paulo Papa . May 23, 2024
    • Cabin check: here’s what’s inside the Toyota Corolla Cross
      Cabin check: here’s what’s inside the Toyota Corolla Cross
      Paulo Papa . May 21, 2024
    • Toyota Corolla Cross vs. the competition
      Toyota Corolla Cross vs. the competition
      Paulo Papa . May 21, 2024
    • Geely GX3 Pro vs. the competition
      Geely GX3 Pro vs. the competition
      Paulo Papa . May 14, 2024
    • Here are the PH-market Toyota Corolla Cross's colors
      Here are the PH-market Toyota Corolla Cross's colors
      Paulo Papa . May 13, 2024
    • Which is the better choice: Toyota Corolla Cross or Yaris Cross?
      Which is the better choice: Toyota Corolla Cross or Yaris Cross?
      Paulo Papa . Apr 22, 2024
    • Here are some ideal destinations and safety tips for the upcoming Holy Week
      Here are some ideal destinations and safety tips for the upcoming Holy Week
      Paulo Papa . Mar 08, 2024
    • Here are some New Year’s resolutions for car owners
      Here are some New Year’s resolutions for car owners
      Paulo Papa . Jan 03, 2024
    • PH auto market: 2023 in retrospect
      PH auto market: 2023 in retrospect
      Paulo Papa . Dec 15, 2023
    • Here’s a holiday gift guide for car enthusiasts
      Here’s a holiday gift guide for car enthusiasts
      Hazel Nicole Carreon . Dec 15, 2023
    • Oil players cut pump prices anew
      Oil players cut pump prices anew
      Paulo Papa . Nov 14, 2023
    • Sensational 7-seater: Honda BR-V V
      Sensational 7-seater: Honda BR-V V
      Paulo Papa . May 20, 2024
    • Style made affordable: Jetour Dashing
      Style made affordable: Jetour Dashing
      Ruben Manahan IV . May 14, 2024
    • Compelling crossover: Geely GX3 Pro Comfort
      Compelling crossover: Geely GX3 Pro Comfort
      Paulo Papa . May 13, 2024
    • Staying cool: Geely Coolray Sport
      Staying cool: Geely Coolray Sport
      Paulo Papa . May 03, 2024
    • Radical cut: GAC GS3 Emzoom R-Style
      Radical cut: GAC GS3 Emzoom R-Style
      Ruben Manahan IV . Apr 30, 2024