Do not falsify your personal data just to qualify for priority groups approved by the national government for inoculation of the COVID-19 vaccine.
This was the reminder of Manila City Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso after the local government caught a person who reportedly qualified for the A3 Priority Group (persons with comorbidities) but did not have any comorbidity.
Domagoso said a vaccine registrant claimed that he was part of the A4 Priority Group (frontline workers in essential sectors), but misdeclared a comorbidity in the local government’s vaccine registration form.
“Hindi naman po pwede yun, eh regulasyon ‘yun ng DOH eh para kayo ay maging priority, kayong may mga sakit,” Domagoso said in a Facebook Live broadcast.
“Eh paano po yung kung walang sakit, edi lahat nalang po gagawa ng reseta? Kawawa naman po yung may mga sakit. Ipagpasalamat na natin na healthy tayo, pero wag na tayong magclaim na may sakit at baka lalong magkasakit talaga kayo,” he added.
Under national government guidelines, the following are some of the considered comorbidities: chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular accident, malignancy, diabetes, obesity, neurologic disease, chronic liver disease, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory tract infection, immunodeficiency state, among others.
Meanwhile, any of the following requirements should be brought at the vaccination site as proof of comorbidity for those ages between 18-59 years old: medical certificate (valid for 18 months), prescription of maintenance drugs (valid for 6 months), hospital records like discharge summary or medical abstract, and surgical and pathology records.