December 2, 2022

A health official warned the public against getting unauthorized booster shots, saying the government cannot be held accountable for any untoward reactions it may bring.

Department of Health Usec. Maria Rosario Vergeire said the agency is aware of reports about people receiving booster shots despite the absence of emergency use authorization (EUA) for such jabs.

“The ones accountable will be the ones who gave you those vaccines and those who have sourced out these vaccines,” she said.

Vergeire noted getting booster shots is a violation of national protocols since it is not yet included in the vaccination guidelines.

“We remind everybody to wait for this EUA for the guidelines from the national government, hindi  po  ito  para i-restrict kayohindi po ito para i-control ang paglabas ng bakuna para sa mga ganitong gawain, ngunit para po masiguro ng gobyerno na ito po ay magiging ligtas at magiging effective para sa ating mga kababayan,” she added.

She also called the attention of certain groups releasing statements that the absence of booster shots would cause Covid-19 infections to rise, saying such words bring confusion to the public.

Base sa ebidensya at base sa mga pag-aaral na ginagawa ng mga eksperto and even based on the experiences now happening in other countries where there again increases in their cases, the unvaccinated ang nakakakapag-cause po ng kaso sa isang bansa hindi po yung kakulangan ng boosters,” she said.

She urged groups to base their statements on science and to always back them up with evidence. – PNA