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Saint Luke's Extension Clinic just announced MANDATORY completion of COVID vaccination before any medical will be issued in the Philippines.  Pretty much putting to rest any speculation about what COVID vaccine policy will be going forward.  No vaccine, no medical report.  If it is a two dose vaccine both doses must be completed on schedule for a medical report to be issued. 

 

There is also a new requirement for a negative RT-PCR test prior to any medical examination being done so that is another added expense.  They do not mention the option of a much cheaper, faster antigen test.  Coincidentally,  Saint Luke's Extension Clinic is offering RT-PCR testing for a fee.

 

Not a concern to us as my wife did already get her vaccine and we have good documentation of that fact.  However, I imagine some folks will be freaking out at this development.

 

https://slec.ph/

 

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Posted Wednesday, September 15, 2021
 

As per US CDC and Department of State, COVID 19 is classified as Class A, Inadmissible Medical Condition beginning October 1, 2021:

  • For the safety of all staff and US visa applicants, a negative RT PCR test will be required to be presented prior to their medical examination. Tests should be done within 3 days of the medical appointment and at an accredited reputable laboratory.

RT PCR testing will be available onsite at SLEC-Ermita with results available within 24 hours and applicants are encourage to schedule their tests one day before their medical appointment date.

  • Applicants with signs and symptoms of COVID-19 or recent exposure to a possible COVID 19 case will not be allowed to proceed with their medical appointment and will be required to undergo a repeat RT-PCR test.

If positive, applicants are required to complete the mandatory isolation and quarantine periods:

  • 10 days from the time of a (+) RT PCR test for mild-moderate cases or 21 days for severe cases

  • 14 days for close contacts of active cases

  • COVID-19 vaccination is also now included in the required immunization for US visa applicants and must be completed before their medical reports can be completed.

Applicants who received COVID-19 vaccines requiring 2 doses (e.g. Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sinovac, Sinopharm, Gamaleya) will receive other required vaccines on or after their 2nd COVID -19 vaccine dose.

Applicants are advised to schedule their medical examination with this in mind - either schedule the medical exam after their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose or have their medical exam in between the COVID-19 vaccination and wait for the 2nd dose to complete other required U.S. age-appropriate immunization.

 


Wife                                                                             

  • December 17, 2020:  Married in Costa Rica
  • March 08, 2021: Filed l-130 Online
  • March 09, 2021: NOA1
  • April 26, 2021: NOA2, I-130 Approved
  • April 30, 2021: NVC Received
  • May 01, 2021: Pay AOS and IV Bill
  • May 06, 2021: Submit AOS, Financial Docs and DS-260
  • May 21, 2021: Submit Civil Docs 
  • July 08, 2021: Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • September 15, 2021: Received Interview Date from NVC, October 05, 2021
  • September 22, 2021: Passed physical at Saint Luke's Extension Clinic
  • October 5, 2021: Interview at US Embassy Manila. Verbally approved by US Consul. Positive interview experience.
  • October 5, 2021: CEAC status changed to "Issued"
  • October 7, 2021: Passport tracking for delivery on 2GO Courier website
  • October 8, 2020: Passport with visa delivered.  "Passport on hand"
  • October 12, 2020: Temporary CFO Certificate Received

Stepdaughter                                                              

  • March 08, 2021: Filed I-130 Online
  • March 09, 2021: NOA1
  • April 26, 2021: NOA2, I-130 Approved
  • April 30, 2021: NVC Received
  • May 01, 2021: Pay IV Bill
  • May 06, 2021: Submit AOS, Financial Docs and DS-260
  • May 14, 2021: Submit Civil Docs
  • June 25, 2021: NVC review, Submit additional Doc
  • August 31, 2021: Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • September 15, 2021: Received Interview Date from NVC, October 05, 2021
  • September 22, 2021: Passed physical at Saint Luke's Extension Clinic
  • October 5, 2021: Interview at US Embassy Manila. Verbally approved by US Consul. Positive interview experience.
  • October 5, 2021: CEAC status changed to "Issued"
  • October 7, 2021: Passport tracking for delivery on 2GO Courier website

  • October 8, 2020: Passport with visa delivered.  "Passport on hand"

  • October 12, 2020: Temporary CFO Certificate Received

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Just now, Joe Kano said:

Do they have any single shot Covid Vaccines available at SLEC?

 

The announcement does not mention if COVID vaccine would be provided by Saint Luke's or if the applicant is expected to come up with it on their own.   US CDC guidelines do say the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can be administered concurrently with other vaccines, yielding a completely vaccinated individual in a single day.  So that would seem like the easy solution.  J&J is available in the Philippines.  My wife got some.  The US donated 3.2 million doses of J&J to the Philippines so maybe they could kick down a few for SLEC to keep in their fridge.  It does mention they are accepting Chinovax and Rusovax too.


Wife                                                                             

  • December 17, 2020:  Married in Costa Rica
  • March 08, 2021: Filed l-130 Online
  • March 09, 2021: NOA1
  • April 26, 2021: NOA2, I-130 Approved
  • April 30, 2021: NVC Received
  • May 01, 2021: Pay AOS and IV Bill
  • May 06, 2021: Submit AOS, Financial Docs and DS-260
  • May 21, 2021: Submit Civil Docs 
  • July 08, 2021: Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • September 15, 2021: Received Interview Date from NVC, October 05, 2021
  • September 22, 2021: Passed physical at Saint Luke's Extension Clinic
  • October 5, 2021: Interview at US Embassy Manila. Verbally approved by US Consul. Positive interview experience.
  • October 5, 2021: CEAC status changed to "Issued"
  • October 7, 2021: Passport tracking for delivery on 2GO Courier website
  • October 8, 2020: Passport with visa delivered.  "Passport on hand"
  • October 12, 2020: Temporary CFO Certificate Received

Stepdaughter                                                              

  • March 08, 2021: Filed I-130 Online
  • March 09, 2021: NOA1
  • April 26, 2021: NOA2, I-130 Approved
  • April 30, 2021: NVC Received
  • May 01, 2021: Pay IV Bill
  • May 06, 2021: Submit AOS, Financial Docs and DS-260
  • May 14, 2021: Submit Civil Docs
  • June 25, 2021: NVC review, Submit additional Doc
  • August 31, 2021: Documentarily Qualified by NVC
  • September 15, 2021: Received Interview Date from NVC, October 05, 2021
  • September 22, 2021: Passed physical at Saint Luke's Extension Clinic
  • October 5, 2021: Interview at US Embassy Manila. Verbally approved by US Consul. Positive interview experience.
  • October 5, 2021: CEAC status changed to "Issued"
  • October 7, 2021: Passport tracking for delivery on 2GO Courier website

  • October 8, 2020: Passport with visa delivered.  "Passport on hand"

  • October 12, 2020: Temporary CFO Certificate Received

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2 hours ago, Will&Christine said:

Yeah, pretty sad that people who immigrate legally have to. I don't see them doing all of that to people who migrating to USA through Mexico border.

Not to mention that we have to sign a legal document saying we will support that immigrant but our government supports those that come illegally

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1 minute ago, flicks1998 said:

This is becoming the norm worldwide. I was in Ireland and Italy last week and and you cannot even enter a restaurant, pub, mall etc without proof of vaccination

This is the mandate in Honolulu currently. Malls not included. Costco, Sam's Club, Home Depot Walmart have way more people than a restaurant but no vaccine required. Also all that is required is a picture of a vaccine card. You don't have to provide ID so basically you can show a picture of anyones. lol so stupid that you can't make this up.

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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Required to have a negative result before medical and then before entering the US. Philippines is a BS country. Couldn't pay me enough to live there. 

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Philippines
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17 minutes ago, Lemonslice said:

You realize that's a requirement made by the US, right?

Having to be vaccinated and having to take a covid test prior to the medical is a a result of the loser Philippines mishandling of the pandemic and snail paced vaccine rollout combined with the BS quarantine and lockdown Rollercoaster restrictions. If the country was operating in a similar capacity to the US, they wouldn't have these extra requirements and petitions could be completed quicker as the embassy could be at full staff. Everything is based off local conditions, which is no fault to the US, but the Philippines. 

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