DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Z. Duterte warned Dabawenyos on Monday about reports on individuals and groups allegedly soliciting money for vaccination against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
In a radio interview, she said only the government is authorized to provide vaccination against Covid-19.
“If there are instances that somebody will offer you vaccines or a slot for vaccination or even vaccine prioritization in exchange for money, it is fraud. Do not give money to anybody intended for vaccination,” Duterte warned.
She added that residents should just sign up to be included in the vaccination master list.
“If you have signed up, wait for the call for the schedule of your vaccination,” Mayor Sara said.
She urged Dabawenyos to report to the nearest police station unscrupulous people involved in such schemes.
Asked when she will get vaccinated, Duterte said the people don’t need to see her getting the jab.
“It is not necessary that you will see an actual vaccination being done to me for you to get vaccinated. I guess it is enough that you hear me push and advocate for you to get the vaccine against Covid-19 for your protection,” she said.
Duterte clarified that since it is voluntary, the people should decide to get it based on science and not merely on hearsay and claims of people with no basis.
With some persons campaigning others not to get vaccinated, Mayor Sara clarified that the city does not have an ordinance making it punishable.
She, however, said the city government reported the matter to the Department of Health (DOH).
“We usually collate their [names] and we give it to DOH or sometimes at the National Telecommunications Commission for action especially if the platform involves a radio or TV station,” she added. (PNA)