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DOH Bicol reminds: All COVID-19 vaccines are free

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The Department of Health Bicol Center for Health Development (DOH Bicol CHD) reminded Bicolanos that all COVID-19 vaccines are free of charge.

The department issued an advisory after it received reports of individuals at the local vaccination centers who are charging or soliciting at least P50.00 per person for COVID19 vaccination.

“DOH Bicol reiterates that public health services and commodities including that of COVID-19 vaccines are free,” the department said.

“The National Government procures the vaccines, therefore, any form of payment, be it voluntary or donation, from individuals availing of the COVID-19 vaccines are not allowed. The COVID-19 vaccines are to be administered for free to the Filipino people,” it added.

DOH-Bicol said that charging for COVID-19 vaccination is ”
“counterproductive” to the vaccination program of the Government.

“It might increase vaccine hesitancy along with inconvenience, myths and misconceptions,” the DOH said.

“All Local Chief Executives, health offices and vaccination sites are advised to monitor and prevent such incidents from occurring in their areas,” it added.

It also advised the public that such incidents can be reported to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by sending an e-mail at ereport@fda.gov.ph.