Police launch crackdown vs. fake vaccination cards

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Police on Saturday have launched a crackdown on fake vaccination cards, warning users that they will face hefty penalties. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 15) — Police on Saturday have launched a crackdown on fake vaccination cards, warning users that they will face hefty penalties.

Philippine National Police Chief General Dionardo Carlos said persons caught "falsifying, tampering, or using" counterfeit vaccination cards will have to pay a fine of ₱20,000 to ₱50,000 and/or face imprisonment of one to six months, according to the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases Law.

"Don’t ever attempt to falsify the vaccination card or else you’ll face raps," he said in a statement.

His warning comes after Cotabato City Mayor Cynthia Guiani posted on social media about confiscating two of these fabricated cards.

The crackdown is also in line with the recent move to restrict the mobility of unvaccinated persons.

Local government units have issued ordinances prohibiting unvaccinated residents from leaving their homes.

Meanwhile, transportation officials have limited the use of public transport in Metro Manila to fully vaccinated individuals onlyfully vaccinated individuals only.