The government has introduced a mobility pass for fully vaccinated citizens. But only residents of areas in phase 1 or 2 of the reopening plan may use it. Recalling the explosive rise in infection rates earlier this year, the medical college has criticized the measure.
President Sebastián Piñera has announced a new permit for citizens that received the full Covid-19 vaccine.
The permit, or mobility pass, will be “digital, dynamic and will give more freedom to people living in districts in phase 1 or 2 within the Paso a Paso Plan, and it will also allow traveling between regions for people living in phase 2 districts,” Piñera said according to a press release on Sunday.
Every adult will get the pass either 14 days after the second dose of the Pfizer/Biontech, Sinovac or AstraZeneca vaccines, or after the only dose of the CanSino jab. The pass can be accessed via a QR code on the back of the vaccination confirmation, or upon request at mevacuno.gob.cl.
Children and adolescents are covered if their legal guardian has the pass.
The pass does not affect other restrictions, nor the curfew or presential work.
After the announcement, the Medical College (Colmed) tweeted “we reiterate that, along with the experts working with @colmedchile, we don’t support the ‘mobility pass’ measure, considering the high number of active cases and that it gives a conflicting message to the citizens. We ask the government to reconsider.”
Colmed president Izkia Siches tweeted “let’s remember what happened with the vacation permit. An average of a 100 people are dying every day due to #Covid19 and we can’t normalize that. Once hospitalizations and deaths go down we can start discussing a [mobility pass].”
Later on Monday, the Medical College, together with eight other organizations from the medical field, called upon the government to not implement the pass until the curve in Chile has flattened. As of now, Chile reports over 40,000 active Covid-19 cases, with a rise in new cases in the latest days.
Javiera is from Santiago de Chile, she is studying journalism at Universidad de Chile, since 2017 and doing her internship at Chile Today.