DOH-CALABARZON Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo advises residents not to entertain information discrediting Covid-19 vaccines, instead follow official government statements and scientifically proven data as a basis for taking the vaccine.
By Glen S. Ramos | Benjamin F. Cuaresma
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH)-Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon) today strongly cautioned residents not to subscribe to anti-Covid-19 vaccine rumors and other misinformation and disinformation circulating online and distributed by individuals through pamphlets and flyers discrediting the efficacy of Covid vaccines.
“I strongly advise residents to stick to the facts, review and understand information based on scientific evidence on the safety and efficacy of Covid vaccines, and not to rely on unverified online information or groups of individuals who will try to manipulate you and provide you misleading reports and false claims about the vaccines,” DOH-Calabarzon Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo stated.
A certain group of individuals, identified as members of the “Gising Maharlika,” a so-called local independent news and media alternative source, reportedly distributed pamphlets to residents in Liliw, Laguna on August 23, 2021, informing them that masks and swab tests do not work and that no person could die of COVID-19.
“For those who have received such information or have read in their social media platform about this online anti-Covid vaccine movement, I advise you not to share and influence other people so as not to amplify these rumors which are not based on scientific evidence,” Janairo strongly urged.
“Safe po at effective ang mga ginagamit ng ating gobyerno na anti-Covid vaccines. Patunay po dito ang patuloy na pagbaba ng mga nadadala sa ospital at namamatay sa mga taong nabakunahan na nito. Ang isang tao na me kumpletong bakuna ay madaling gumaling at hindi nagkakaroon ng malalang sakit o kumplikasyong dulot ng Covid virus.”
“People often share concerns, mistrust, and rumors about vaccines on social media which causes vaccine hesitancy among those who already received their first dose and those who are yet to take their scheduled vaccination. About 99.77% vaccine recipients have not reported any severe adverse reaction and only 23% have experienced mild symptoms which resolved naturally.”
The government has already administered 27,806,881 vaccine doses in the country, as of August 26, 2021.
In CALABARZON, 1,681,899 individuals were already fully vaccinated. A total of 2,582,878 have received their first dose.
“Sa mga residente po na nakakasaksi ng mga ganitong propaganda ay maaari po ninyo itong ireport agad sa inyong lokal na pamahalaan upang mabigyan ng agarang aksyon.”
“Tangkilikin po natin ang mga bakuna laban sa Covid virus, anuman pong tatak, dahil ito po ay ligtas at makapagbibigay ng karagdagang proteksiyon sa atin ngayong panahon ng pandemya,” Janairo emphasized. (ai|mtvn)