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An official of the Department of Health on Sunday confirmed that the DoH has received reports on the alleged vaccine-for-sale/slot-for-sale modus operandi in Parañaque City after being reported in the cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong.
In an interview over DZMM, DoH Metro Manila Health Development Director Dr. Gloria Balboa said the agency is saddened by the reports as she stressed that the COVID vaccines are being given for free by the national government.
“The local governments of San Juan and Mandaluyong are now investigating the allegations and even in Parañaque City, we received similar report, so concerned authorities ordered the investigation of these kind of illegal activities,” Balboa said.
Earlier, Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said that the DILG has tasked the Philippine National Police (PNP) to probe the alleged vaccine-for-sale or slot-for-sale modus.
“The concerned LGUs assured that these are not true but we are also validating the reports as COVID vaccines should not be sold,” Balboa added.
According to Balboa, the public should not fall victim to the scam and immediately report once being offered by unscrupulous individuals.
“Our reminder to our citizens never entertain those who sell slot for vaccination. As our supply is not yet enough, those who want to be inoculated should register to avail of the jabs,” she explained.
She assured that if proven through, those involved in the modus will be charged.
On Saturday, the National Task Force (NTF) Against COVID-19 also issued a statement, saying it is deeply concerned on the alleged illicit selling of anti-COVID vaccines.
“To reiterate, our vaccines are free and those who will commit fraud and illegal acts of selling and providing priorities and privileged access for financial gains will be investigated and punished,” the NTF said.
Reports said that the COVID vaccines are being sold ranging from P10,000 to P12,000. (30)
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