The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases temporarily suspended the shortened quarantine period for fully vaccinated individuals who had Covid-19 exposures, Malacañang announced on Wednesday

The quarantine period for the said individuals was earlier shortened to seven days.

“The decision to temporarily suspend said protocol is part of the continued implementation of proactive measures to slow down the surge in Covid-19 cases and to stop the further spread of the variants,” Palace spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

Roque said the quarantine period for fully vaccinated individuals who are close contacts of probable and confirmed Covid-19 cases was reverted to 14 days.

Those who would remain asymptomatic for at least 14 days from the date of exposure can discontinue their quarantine, the spokesman added.

However, if they would develop symptoms or test positive for Covid-19, Roque said they would be isolated and admitted to an appropriate facility immediately.

Close contacts are defined by the Department of Health as individuals who had exposure during the 2 days before and the 14 days after the onset of symptoms of the probable or confirmed case through the following:

  • face-to-face contact within 1 meter and for at least 15 minutes
  • direct physical contact
  • direct care for a patient without using personal protective equipment
  • other situations as indicated by local risk assessments.

The Philippines, currently facing a surge in Covid-19 cases and the Delta variant, has more than 81,000 active Covid-19 cases. John Ezekiel J. Hirro