There is no such thing as a "COVID-19 vaccination exemption card", the Department of the Interior and Local Government said Thursday as it warned the public over the new scam.
The DILG said it received reports that the so-called exemption cards were advertised in Facebook groups for the Davao region and SOCCSKSARGEN as a way for unvaccinated individuals to skip stay-at-home orders.
Unvaccinated individuals were reportedly asked to fill out the cards with their name, birthdate, address, and signatures, and then have the cards printed and registered with their local government unit, the DILG said.
“The public is warned that there is no such thing as a 'vaccination exemption card.' This is not authorized, issued, nor recognized by the government. In other words, these are fake,” DILG Usec. Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.
“The so-called exemption cards look similar to the green COVID-19 Vaccination Cards being issued by several LGUs. Sa biglang tingin aakalain itong tunay dahil pareho ng kulay, format at hitsura,” he added.
The DILG urged the public to report to authorities individuals using the fake cards.
Reports of the fake vaccination exemption cards came after the government tightened restrictions for unvaccinated individuals as a way to prevent the further spread of the virus.
While COVID-19 vaccination is not mandatory in the Philippines, the public is encouraged to get inoculated to protect themselves from the virus and help end the pandemic.