The Quezon City government has started affixing tamper-proof security seals on the vaccination cards of QCitizens following their second doses, to ensure that fake cards are not mistaken for authentic ones.

The rollout begins today, July 9, at the six vaccination sites scheduled to administer second doses to about 4,000 individuals, and will continue until the national government begins implementing its centralized vaccination certification system.

The hologram seal will be countersigned by an authorized representative of Task Force Vax to Normal.

“The security seal certifies that vaccination cards presented by their bearers as proof of having been fully vaccinated are authentic”, Mayor Joy Belmonte said.

The possibility of fraud has increased as more and more incentives such as discounts and free products are being offered to fully vaccinated individuals. Vaccination cards are also required for interzonal travel by some LGUs.

“Apart from a vaccination certificate for travel or work, which the Quezon City Health Department also issues, the tamper-proof security seal guarantees that vaccination cards presented for whatever purpose are genuine. Now that interzonal travel for fully-vaccinated individuals is being relaxed and more merchants are offering discounts to vaccinated individuals, our goal is to ensure that our QCitizens will have easier access to places and services,” Belmonte said.

“The original purpose of the city-issued vaccination card was merely to provide the necessary information related to an individual’s vaccination, such as the date of the second dose, the vaccine brand administered, and who administered it; but given the delay in the roll out of vaccine passes or a centralized vaccination certification system by the national government, we are in the interim, putting in place measures to make the vaccination cards more secure, especially for those requiring this for travel, work and other purposes,” Quezon City Vax To Normal Co-Chair Joseph Juico added.

Mayor Belmonte also suggested that valid photo-bearing IDs of fully vaccinated persons be presented to restaurants, shops and malls along with the cards to ensure that these cards are not passed on to unvaccinated persons in attempts to claim incentives or for travel purposes.

The city government may also affix security seals to the cards of some 240 thousand fully-vaccinated individuals who received their second doses before the roll out of the security seal should they need one. To avoid crowds and violations of health protocols, a staggered system will be implemented to achieve this. The first batch will be those who received their second doses in the month of April. They are requested to proceed to the Century Hall of the Quezon City Memorial Circle from July 12-23. Priority will be given to those with pending domestic or international travel. Schedules will then be set for those fully-vaccinated in May and June.

Individuals who need to have a seal-bearing vaccination card must bring a valid ID.  An authorized representative should also bring a valid ID of the bedridden or senior citizen family member.

Mayor Belmonte also urged business establishments to take note of the seal-bearing vaccination cards presented to them as valid proof of authenticity, especially when this is presented together with a QCitizen ID or any valid ID.

“We need to promote the safety of everyone by providing other LGUs, airlines and commercial establishments with evidence of a person’s vaccination status. As we strive to revive the economy, our fully-vaccinated QCitizens should be allowed to enjoy more perks for responding to our appeal for inoculation. Hopefully, when the vaccine supply stabilizes, everyone who wants one can get a jab,” she said.

The city government is also pushing for the immediate passage of an ordinance penalizing all vaccine-related fraud, to deter people from selling vaccines or vaccination slots, and falsifying vaccination cards.