MANILA – A health official on Friday warned the public against getting unauthorized booster shots saying the government cannot be held accountable for any untoward reactions it may bring.
In an online media forum, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the Department of Health 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.
“So, just to remind everybody to wait for this EUA for the guidelines from the national government, hindi po ito para i-restrict kayo, hindi 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 (this is not to restrict you, this is not to control the release of vaccines in such activities, but for government to ensure that it will be safe and effective for every),” she added.
She also called the attention of certain groups releasing statements that the absence of booster shots would cause coronavirus 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 (Based on evidence and studies done by experts and even based on the experiences now happening in other countries where there again increases in their cases, the unvaccinated cause the case increase and not the lack of boosters),” she said.
With this, she urged all groups to base their statements on science and to always back them up with evidence. (PNA)