IATF Resolution No. 98

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Salient points of IATF Resolution No. 98 | Source: @PIA_RIII

Salient points of IATF Resolution No. 98

Allowed: February 16, 2021

Entry to the Philippines of foreign nationals with visas issued as of March 20, 2020, and still valid and existing at the time of entry, and who were not permitted to enter the country under previous IATF Resolutions.

Allowed: February 16, 2021

Holders of valid and existing Special Resident and Retirees Visa (SRRV) and Section 9 (A) visas as long as they present an entry exemption document to the Bureau of Immigration (BI) upon arrival.


the request of Baguio City for its hotels and other accommodation establishments to accommodate leisure travelers while under GCQ classification, subject to the observance of strict health protocols and contact tracing measures.

Government officials/personnel on official business:

a. Shall be allowed unimpeded travel to their place of destination.

b.Shall no be required to undergo mandatory testing and/or quarantine protocols of the LGUs of destination.

Provided that they:

  1. Present valid IDs issued by their respective government agency.
  2. Present original or certified true copy of travel authority/order issued by the Department Secretary or his/her designated official.
  3. Pass symptom screening at the port upon arrival, and in the case of public transport, upon boarding.
  4. Strictly comply with the minimum public health standards.

The Interim National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (iNITAG) and DOH Technical Advisory Group (DOH-TAG) – KEY POINTS

1. The prioritization framework for national, local, and private distribution;
2. The prioritization criteria for Priority Group A1;
3. The recommendations on the criteria for allocation of the first batch of Pfizer BioNTech vaccines;
4. The recommendations on health profiling, screening, and informed consent in the patient pathway;
5. Recommendations on vaccination cards.

iNITAG adopted the following priority population groups for vaccination:

A1: Frontline workers in health facilities both national and local, private and public, health professionals and non-professionals like students, nursing aides, janitors, barangay health workers, etc.

A2: Senior citizens aged 60 years old and above.

A3: Persons with comorbidities not otherwise included in the preceding categories.

A4: Frontline personnel in essential sectors including uniformed personnel and those in working sectors identified by the IATF as essential during EC.

A5: Indigent population not otherwise included in the preceding categories.

B1: Teachers, Social Workers

B2: Other government workers

B3: Other essential workers

B4: Socio-demographic groups at significantly higher risk other than senior citizens and indigenous people

B5: Overseas Filipino Workers

B6: Other remaining workforce

C: Rest of the Filipino population not otherwise included in the above groups

In choosing areas for sub-prioritization, it will be based on:

1. COVID-19 burden of disease (these are the currently active cases, attack rate per 100,000 population in the past 4 weeks, and population density)
2. Vaccination site and/or LGU readiness, particularly, its supply chain capability.

Allocation of the first tranche of the Pfizer BioNTech vaccine for healthcare workers:

COVID-19 dedicated hospitals
COVID-19 referral hospitals
Other DOH hospitals
LGU hospitals

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