Polio vaccine free at quarantine bureau, but certificates fetch fee


Posted at Nov 06 2019 08:00 AM

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Travelers from the Philippines who are required to get polio vaccination certificates by at least 9 countries can get immunized for free by the government, but have to pay P300 for the document, the Bureau of Quarantine said Wednesday.

Those who will get vaccine from private doctors also have to bring their certificate of vaccination to the bureau, which will convert the document to a format recognized internationally, said quarantine director Dr. Ferdinand Salcedo.

Adults who fail to show proof of vaccination need to be immunized again before they can get certificates, he told radio DZMM.

The Bureau of Quarantine has an office located near Manila Hotel and several provincial stations in Zamboanga, Cagayan De Oro and Davao, Salcedo added.

Filipinos are required to present polio vaccination certificates to get visas or entry permit for Brunei, Georgia, Indonesia, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Oman, Pakista, Qatar and Seychelles.

Polio, which has no cure, can cause paralysis and even death. The Philippines recently recorded its first cases of the crippling disease in 2 decades.

DZMM, October 6, 2019