Cops alerted vs. use of fake vax cards

Cops alerted vs. use of fake vax cards

MANILA – Police officers are told to be wary of persons who might take advantage of the eased rules on interzonal travel for fully vaccinated persons by presenting fake vaccination cards.

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said police would coordinate with the local government units on the latest directive issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) that fully vaccinated persons need not present swab test results if they want to travel within the country.

“Kung ang resulta ng RT-PCR test ay pinepeke, hindi malayong may masasamang loob na gumamit din ng pekeng vaccination documents. Hindi natin ito dapat hayaang mangyari (If the result of the RT-PCR test is falsified, it is not far off that some person will also use fake vaccination documents. We must not allow this to happen),” Eleazar said in a statement Monday.

The latest IATF resolution states that a person is considered fully vaccinated only if it has already been two weeks or more since the second vaccine dose was received, or two weeks since receiving a single shot.

For interzonal travel allowed under amended “pertinent resolutions” of the IATF and provisions of the Omnibus Guidelines on the community quarantine implementation, the presentation of vaccination card “shall be sufficient alternatives” for any testing requirement which the local government of destination may require.

The interzonal travel also applies to fully vaccinated senior citizens. Also, the traveler needs to undergo health and exposure screening upon arrival in the local government of destination.

Interzonal travel is the movement of people, goods and services across areas placed under different community quarantine classifications.

Eleazar reminded the public to still observe the minimum public health safety standards even when traveling.

“Doblehin pa din natin ang pag-iingat sa Covid-19. Ang pagiging fully-vaccinated ay hindi pa din lubusang garantiya na hinding-hindi na tayo puwedeng magkaroon ng Covid-19 (We should take extra caution so that we don’t contract Covid-19. Being fully vaccinated does not guarantee that we will never have Covid-19),” he said. (PNA)

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