Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte on Sunday slammed those who are spreading fake news on social media of walk-in accommodations being allowed in vaccination sites.
“To be categorically clear, Quezon City does not allow walk-ins in its vaccine sites,” Belmonte said.
“Hindi po maaaring magbakasakali at pumila lamang upang mabakunahan. May maayos na sistema po ng pre-registration at scheduling na patuloy na ipinatutupad sa ating lungsod,” she added.
Belmonte cited video footages of large crowds forming outside vaccine sites which can easily become super-spreader events, due to the fake announcement being posted on social media.
The local chief executive said these online saboteurs are endangering the lives of men, women, and children.
“To those spreading this fake news (for whatever malicious reason), makonsensya naman kayo […] Kung hindi kayo madadala sa pakiusap, kaso ng reckless endangerment, violation ng Cybercrime Law, at unjust vexation ang ihaharap namin sa inyo,” she warned.
Belmonte also appealed to national law enforcement agencies to investigate these posts and file the necessary charges.
“To social media platforms, I hope that you can help curb the spread of this particularly dangerous type of fake news, and permanently ban those who use your platform to jeopardize the health and safety of others,” she further said.
Belmonte also urges the public to continue to be vigilant, practice standard precautions, and stay safe.