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People Using Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards to Face Heavy Charges

The Malacañang Palace warned individuals who will be caught using or forging fake COVID-19 vaccine cards will face heavy charges.

When crossing borders, presidential spokesman Harry Roque Jr. urged passengers against falsifying COVID-19 vaccination cards. He went on to say that such a serious offense bears severe consequences, including prison time.

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Roque issued the warning in response to the government’s decision to allow those who have received both doses of COVID-19 to travel to and from GCQ and MGCQ zones without a negative RT-PCR test result as long as they have their COVID-19 vaccination card.

“Well, unang-una, nagbibigay po ako ng babala doon sa mga mamimeke – iyan po’y isang public document. So kapag kayo po’y nameke ng vaccination card, that’s falsification of a public document – medyo mataas po ang kulong diyan,” Roque said.

Falsification of public papers carries a sentence of two to six years in prison, according to the Revised Penal Code. Roque, on the other hand, acknowledged that there are worries about loosening the restrictions for fully vaccinated people by removing the negative RT-PCR test result.

“We have heard concerns and this will be discussed by the IATF,” Roque said.

In his COVID-19 statement, Roque was alluding to the Inter-Agency Task Force, which is the government’s policy-making body. Some people are concerned since health professionals have stated that persons who have been fully vaccinated, despite being free of severe symptoms and hospitalization, can still carry the virus and infect others.

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