Malacañang has slammed flyers alleging that Covid-19 vaccinations are bogus.
Malacañang criticized the distribution of flyers in Pasay City on Thursday, alleging that Covid-19 vaccinations being given out in some areas are fraudulent.
Following allegations that several people refused to get their vaccinations at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City after getting the flyers, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque issued this statement.
“Kalokohan po ‘yan,” says the narrator. (That’s nonsense.) Lahat ng bakuna ligtas at epektibo All vaccinations are safe and effective),” he stated during a news conference at the White House.
He cautioned anyone who spread false news that they may face legal consequences.
“At yung mga nagpapakalat ng ganyang mga false news, titignan natin kung anong pupuwedeng gawin [sa] [ka]nila dahil tandaan niyo po we’re in a situation of public emergency,” he said.
According to the Republic Act 11469 or Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Bayanihan 1), which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte on March 24, 2020, those who spread false information about the Covid-19 pandemic will face a two-month prison sentence or a fine of up to PHP1 million.
With the arrival of 2 million additional Sinovac vaccines on Thursday, the Philippines has secured a total of 16,205,876 doses of Covid-19 vaccines.
The country now has four brands of Covid-19 vaccines in its inventory namely Sinovac’s CoronaVac (China), AstraZeneca (UK), Sputnik V (Russia), and Pfizer (US).
Prepared for the Delta strain
Meanwhile, Roque said that the government is preparing for a potential increase in Covid-19 cases due to the likely introduction of the Delta coronavirus strain (B1617), which was originally identified in India.
“We’re doing all we can to prepare for the arrival of this more contagious and lethal Delta variant,” Roque added.
Even after being vaccinated against Covid-19, he urged the public to maintain basic public health standards such as wearing face masks, handwashing, and physical separation.
“Magtulungan tayo, magkaisa kasi ibang klase po ‘tong bagong kalaban natin na Delta and Delta Plus variants,” he said.
According to the Department of Health, 17 Delta variant cases have been discovered so far in the nation (DOH).
According to reports, the Delta version is 60 percent more infectious than the Alpha type, and is likely to be the cause of the recent increase in cases in other nations.