DOH warns against faking health conditions for COVID vax

Marje Pelayo   •   June 13, 2021   •   170

MANILA, Philippines —  The country’s COVID-19 vaccine supply is hardly sufficient for the entire Filipino population that is why the government is prioritizing the vulnerable sectors first.

However, some people who cannot wait for their turn have no problem with faking comorbidities so that they can jump the vaccination line.

The Department of Health (DOH) warned that giving false health declarations could lead to criminal charges.

“Baka hahanap pa tayo ng ibang batas na pwede nating makita at pwede nating gamitin pero iyong pag nagfa-falsify kasi tayo ng mga sakit natin, katulad niyan it’s going to be on public record. Meron po iyang mga penalties—meron na po tayong vina-violate sa ating mga existing laws in the country,” warned Health Spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire.

Republic Act 11332 of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act states that offenders would face a penalty of up to P50,000 and imprisonment of up to six months.

The DOH is also looking into other laws that could penalize those who will fake their conditions and claim comorbidities just to get vaccinated.

The DOH said people shouldn’t rush to get the vaccine because once the supply is enough, each and every Filipino will have a chance to receive it.

“So atin pong binabalaan at atin pong binibigyan ng advise ang ating mga kababayan. Don’t go to that strategy. Hindi nyo po kailangan gawin iyan. Maghintay lang po tayo at dadating ang mga bakuna para mabakunahan po tayo lahat,” Vergeire said adding that there is a proper process that each person with comorbidity should go through.

They also need to submit some requirements to assess their conditions before they get vaccinated.

“Kapag po tayo ay nag- masterlist nagsusumite ang ating mga kababayan ng mga kanilang apparent comorbidities. Pagdating nila doon sa vaccination site, we need proof or evidence na kailangan maipakita nila na sila talaga ay may sakit. Ang nirequire natin, kailangan meron silang reseta, kailangan six months before meron silang medical certificate, 18 months before pwede, pwedeng mga laboratoryo,” Vergeire stressed.

“Iyan ay ini-evaluate ng ating screeners and pag nakita nila na hindi sya authentic, and then we will just tell them na hindi niyo pa turn and you you just need to go back. So ganun po yung ginagawa natin,” she added.

Meanwhile, the DOH cannot confirm if all in NCR Plus 8 areas would be completely vaccinated to reach population protection before the end of 2021.

According to DOH, herd immunity is only possible once the supply of COVID-19 vaccines becomes stable.

“Ito iyong focusing on specific areas that will give us more impact in vaccinating. So for NCR plus 8, ito po ang ating ine-estima na hopefully by the end of the year we will be able to achieve depending on the supplies that will come in. Pero ang kailangan nating balikan ding population protection also speaks of as here in the Philippines being able to vaccinate those most vulnerable,” Vergeire said. MNP (with report Aiko Miguel)

DOH to send additional healthcare workers to Ilocos Norte amid high COVID-19 cases

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 22, 2021

The Department of Health (DOH) said it will send additional healthcare workers to Ilocos Norte amid the high number of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases.

“We will address that, we will send neighboring healthcare workers to help as we have done in Cebu, as we have done in Davao, as we have done in many other areas who experienced a surge. We complemented as we have done in National Capital Region (NCR) we got healthcare workers in Mindanao and in the Visayas, facilities to complement the very limited healthcare workers,” according to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III.

Healthcare workers in Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center, including the Ilocos Norte Medical Society, are seeking a ‘time out’ due to the surge of cases.

Due to the increased COVID-19 cases, Ilocos Norte Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc on Wednesday (July 21) announced that several areas in the province will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

These areas include the City of Batac and the Municipalities of Bangui, Dingras, Dumalneg, Marcos, Pagudpud, Paoay, Pasuquin, and Solsona.

There will also be an implemented curfew from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. AAC (with reports from Marvin Calas)

Over 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrive in PH

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 500,000 additional doses of US-made Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine arrived in the country on Wednesday night.

The cargo plane carrying 562,770 doses of Pfizer vaccine arrived at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu around 6:45 p.m.

Part of the shipment, amounting to 51,480 doses, will be distributed in Cebu.

The rest were brought to Manila via the same flight that landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3 in Pasay City at 8 p.m., an hour earlier than the original schedule of 9:20 p.m.

Another 51,480 doses of Pfizer are expected to be delivered in Davao City around 6:30 a.m. Thursday, July 22.

The remaining 459,810 doses allocated for Metro Manila will be brought to the cold storage facility in Marikina City.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said that a total of 562,770 Pfizer shots that were procured by the government will arrive on Wednesday night.

This is part of the 40 million Pfizer doses procured by the government from the American pharmaceutical firm.

Meanwhile, the Philippines is also expecting to receive this week more than 2 million additional Sinovac jabs. The first shipment of 1.5 million doses will arrive on July 22, and another 1 million doses on July 23.

Prior to Wednesday’s delivery, the Philippines has so far received more than 27 million vaccine shots, including brands of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Janssen.

The Philippine government hopes to further boost its vaccination campaign when more vaccine supplies are delivered in the country.

Over 3 million doses of Pfizer, Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines to arrive in PH this week

Robie de Guzman   •   July 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is expecting to receive more than 3 million doses of Pfizer and Sinovac COVID-19 vaccines this week, Malacañang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the shipment containing about 562,770 doses of Pfizer vaccines will arrive in the country on Wednesday evening.

This is part of the 40 million Pfizer doses procured by the government from the American pharmaceutical firm.

The Philippines also expects to receive 1.5 million doses of Sinovac vaccines on July 22, and another 1 million doses on July 23.

Roque said the Philippines has so far received more than 27 million vaccine shots, including brands of Sinovac, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Sputnik V, and Janssen.

The Philippine government hopes to further boost its vaccination campaign when more vaccine supplies are delivered to the country.

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