The Quezon City government resumed its vaccination rollout on Thursday (July 8) with a new system of affixing tamper-proof security seals on the vaccination cards of QCitizens who have completed their second doses.
Six vaccination sites are scheduled to administer second doses to about 4,000 individuals.
The QC government, in a statement, said affixing the tamper-proof seal will help ensure that fake cards are not mistaken for authentic ones.
It added that the measure will continue until the national government begins implementing its centralized vaccination certification system.
The hologram seal will be countersigned by an authorized representative of Task Force Vax to Normal.
“The security seal certifies that vaccination cards presented by their bearers as proof of having been fully vaccinated are authentic”, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
The city government noted the increasing possibility of fraud as the number of incentives such as freebies and discounts are being offered to fully vaccinated individuals.
“Apart from a vaccination certificate for travel or work, which the Quezon City Health Department also issues, the tamper-proof security seal guarantees that vaccination cards presented for whatever purpose are genuine. Now that interzonal travel for fully-vaccinated individuals is being relaxed and more merchants are offering discounts to vaccinated individuals, our goal is to ensure that our QCitizens will have easier access to places and services,” the local chief executive said.
Quezon City Vax to Normal Co-Chair Joseph Juico said that the city-issued vaccination card was originally aimed at providing necessary information related to an individual’s vaccination. This includes the date of the second dose, the vaccine brand administered, and who administered it.
“But given the delay in the roll-out of vaccine passes or a centralized vaccination certification system by the national government, we are in the interim, putting in place measures to make the vaccination cards more secure, especially for those requiring this for travel, work, and other purposes,” Juico added.
Mayor Belmonte suggested that valid photo-bearing IDs of fully vaccinated persons be presented to restaurants, shops, and malls along with the cards to ensure that these cards are not passed on to unvaccinated persons in attempts to claim incentives or for travel purposes.
The city government said that it will also affix security seals to the cards of some 240,000 fully vaccinated individuals who had received their second doses before the rollout of the security seal should they need one.
This will be implemented through a staggered system to avoid crowds and violations of health protocols.
The first batch will be those who received their second doses in the month of April. They are requested to proceed to the Century Hall of the Quezon City Memorial Circle from July 12-23.
Priority will be given to those with pending domestic or international travel. Schedules will then be set for those fully vaccinated in May and June, the advisory added.
It further instructed individuals and their representatives who need to have a seal-bearing vaccination card to bring a valid ID.
The city government also urged business establishments to take note of the seal-bearing vaccination cards presented to them as valid proof of authenticity, especially when this is presented together with a QCitizen ID or any valid ID.
“We need to promote the safety of everyone by providing other LGUs, airlines, and commercial establishments with evidence of a person’s vaccination status. As we strive to revive the economy, our fully vaccinated QCitizens should be allowed to enjoy more perks for responding to our appeal for inoculation. Hopefully, when the vaccine supply stabilizes, everyone who wants one can get a jab,” Belmonte said.
Meanwhile, the city government is pushing for the immediate passage of an ordinance penalizing all vaccine-related fraud.