The Philippine National Police (PNP) reminded Filipinos that using fake vaccination cards is punishable by law.
The reminder is in lieu of the recently implemented ‘no vax, no ride‘ policy. According to PLt. Col. Joel Mendoza of NCR’s Regional Highway Patrol Unit, vaccination cards and IDs were checked from passengers starting January 17, 2022. If a passenger is unable to present proof of vaccination, riding of PUV is not allowed. The IATF, however, clarified that the policy exempts those who cannot receive vaccination due to medical conditions. Supporting documents must also be presented for those with essential businesses and for those unvaccinated.
PNP spokesperson PCol. Roderick Alba then stated that individuals using fake vaccination cards can be charged with falsification of public documents as the vaccine cards are government-issued documents. Fake vaccination cards also violate Republic Act 11332, or law stating the mandatory reporting of notifiable diseases.
Apart from public transportations, vaccine cards have been required to enter establishments such as malls and restaurants.