The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday said there was no such thing as Covid-19 vaccination exemption cards, as several local government units (LGUs) started to limit the mobility of unvaccinated individuals.

“The public is warned that there is no such thing as a “vaccination exemption card.”This is not authorized, issued, nor recognized by the government. In other words, these are fake,” Interior Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said in a statement.

According to Malaya, these exemption cards supposedly originated in Facebook groups and group chats in Regions 11 and 12.

The cards can allegedly be presented to local authorities instead of vaccination cards, Malaya added.

“Malaking kalokohan ito. Hinding-hindi mag-iisyu ng exemption ang pamahalaan kanino man (maliban na lang for medical reasons) dahil ang gusto nga natin ay mabakunahan na ang lahat bilang proteksyon laban sa iba’t ibang Covid-19 variants,” Malaya said.

“Nananawagan tayo sa publiko na huwag magpapaniwala sa mga taong nagpapakalat ng ‘Covid-19 vax exemption cards.’ Wala pong gano’n at peke po iyon. Agad magreport sa mga awtoridad kung merong ganitong insidente sa inyong mga lugar,” he added.

Covid-19 vaccination cards are issued to vaccine recipients to ensure their completion of the required doses by documenting details of their vaccination.

Some LGUs in the country have implemented no vax, no ride policies in public transport vehicles.

Dine-in services in areas under high Covid-19 alert levels are also limited to vaccinated individuals. John Ezekiel J. Hirro