Iligan CHO urges public to be vigilant against misinformation on COVID-19 vaccination

ILIGAN CITY, Feb. 14 (PIA) - The Iligan City Health Office (CHO) through the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) advised the public to be careful on misinformation circulating in social media to undermine public trust in the coming wave of immunization against coronavirus disease (COVID).

EOC Health Cluster manager Dr. Belinda "Bunz" Lim urged them not to haphazardly share messages without verifying the content of the messages from reliable sources. 

"Atong batasonon ang pagkumpirma ug pagsusi sa mga bag-ong impormasyon pinaagi sa pagverify niini sa mga masaligan nga sources sama sa DOH Facebook page, DOH website, WHO website, ug sa PIA," she said in a virtual presser on COVID-19.

[Let us practice confirming and validating new information by verifying it from reliable sources such as the DOH Facebook page, DOH website, WHO website, and PIA.]

She also reiterated that the overall goal of the COVID-19 vaccination program is to save lives and reduce the impact of the pandemic.

Lim emphasized that vaccination, in addition to the observance of the BIDA Solusyon and minimum public health standards, is an important measure to protect oneself against the severe symptoms of COVID-19.

The Health Cluster Manager further explained that just like other vaccines, the COVID-19 vaccines can also cause temporary effects soon after they enter the body. However, she stressed that severe or fatal reactions are rare and the benefit to be protected from the disease far outweighs its risk.

Meanwhile, Lim assured that the education campaign on COVID-19 vaccination continues despite the confirmed two positive cases from the CHO Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) core team. She said the conduct of the education campaign is not only exclusive to the CHO personnel and that the Department of Health region 10 and the Iligan Medical Society are also helping in the information drive.

If worse comes to worst, naay virtual technology nga pwede nato magamit aron mapadayon ang IEC,” she added.

[If worse comes to worst, there is virtual technology that we can utilize to continue the IEC.] (APB/PIA ICIC)



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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