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Be truthful in vax registration: DOH

DO not cheat during registration for the Covid-19 vaccination program.
    
The Department of Health in Region 10 (DOH-10) issued the appeal on Friday after confirming reports that data, like birthdates, were altered in order to be included in the vaccination schedule.
    
“There are many magicians among our brothers and sisters. There were some who have changed their birthdays in order for them to be covered in the vaccine,” DOH-10 Assistant Director Dr. David Mendoza said in an online media conference.
    
DOH-10 (Northern Mindanao) is currently accommodating priority groups A1 (health care workers), A2 (senior citizens), and A3 (adults with comorbidities).
    
Mendoza acknowledged the eagerness of some individuals to be vaccinated against the coronavirus but reiterated they must wait for their schedules.
    
“Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your energy that you really wanted to get vaccinated but please wait for our turn. No jumping the line,” he said.
    
DOH-10 is validating more erroneous data in coordination with the Philippine Statistics Authority.
    
“It will now be the action of the local government units on what will be done in order to eradicate and stop falsification of documents,” he said.
Right information
    
Mendoza likewise stressed the importance of knowing the right information in order not to be victimized by “infodemic”.
    
He cited a fake information that vaccinees may proceed to the Centrio Ayala Mall Cagayan de Oro vaccination site even without registration as long as they have medical certificates.
    
On the day the misinformation spread, only national government agency employees were scheduled at the mall.
    
He also clarified that even the youth may qualify under A1 or A3, regardless of age.
    
“There are teenagers and other young people who have comorbidities. We also cater to third and fourth-year Medicine and Nursing students who are part of the A1 group because they help in hospitals,” he said.
    
To date, Mendoza said around 100,000 were already vaccinated in Northern Mindanao. (PNA)

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