National Policy Against Covid-19 chief implementer and vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr. said that there is no such thing as a reservation fee for people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
He issued a statement amid reports that certain people are seeking reservation fees for the government’s Covid-19 vaccination driver.
“According to these reports, people can reserve a vaccine if they paid a fee of $22 before 9:00 a.m. of December 21, 2020. The said vaccine will be available by the third quarter of 2021,” Galvez said in a press statement.
“We would like to remind the public that only the Philippine government is duly authorized to procure Covid-19 vaccines and administer them,” he added.
He said that any other offers of guaranteed access to any of the vaccines is not only illegal, but also life-threatening, and that coordination is being made with concerned agencies to identify those responsible for this misinformation and for their possible prosecution.“The government, through the Vaccine Expert Panel and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still in the process of evaluating the clinical trials of the candidate vaccines, and therefore, emergency use authorizations (EUA) have not been issued,” Galvez said. SOVEREIGNPH