Individuals who have been fully vaccinated for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) must continue wearing face masks, according to Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire.
In an interview over Laging Handa, Vergeire on Saturday said there is no enough evidence yet to prove it is safe for inoculated individuals to stop wearing face masks.
“As of now, we know that even a vaccinated person can still be infected and infect other people. So we retain our position, we will not recommend the removal of masks for those who got their shots,” Vergeire said in Filipino.
The official said the public should not compare the Philippines to other nations like the United States that have eased their face mask mandates, saying such countries already inoculated a large portion of their population.
“We are just nearing 3 million for people who have been vaccinated. So there’s a big difference and we cannot just use the experience of the US as a basis for us to recommend such policy,” she added in Filipino.
Vergeire said the DOH is open for such possibility in the future but stressed that it would need more evidence to say that the removal of face masks for the vaccinated population is safe.
“At present, we stick to what we have as evidence, we will not recommend that yet,” she said in Filipino.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Americans that fully vaccinated people can now resume activities without wearing a face mask, except when they are required. SOVEREIGNPH