Mandaue execs warn vaccination fixers: You will be penalized when you get caught
MANDAUE CITY, PHilippines — Signages against fixers, who allegedly charge money from individuals who want to expedite their vaccination, were posted at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex, one of the city’s vaccination sites.
Dr. Ligaya Lakambini Dargantes, head of the patient care and management team of the city’s Emergency Operations Center, said they only heard rumors about the existence of fixers in the city’s vaccination sites but they had not caught one so far.
Dargantes, who is also the and deputy chief of the Vaccine Operation Center (VOC), said this would be a warning to those fixers who might be just among the vaccination personnel or just any other person.
She said those who would be caught would be penalized.
For vaccination personnel, they will be terminated while those outside from their team will be reprimanded and will undergo legal process.
“Zero tolerance gyud ta. Ato gyud nang tangtangun kay corruption naman na. That is if atoang employee. If from outside i reprimand. Ato lang iagi sa legal process,” said Dargantes.
(We are implementing zero tolerance. We will really remove them because that is corruption. That is if it is our employee, but if they are from outside then we will reprimand them. We will let them go through the legal process.)
Dargantes emphasized that the COVID vaccines are free.
She said the city had been also looking for ways to make the vaccine available to everyone just like the Mobile Vaccine Clinic that had been visiting the city’s barangays to vaccinate residents.
The City Health Office is also planning to have the vaccination at the barangays just like measles vaccination among others.
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