No liability for those inoculated with unauthorized vaccines, says Guevarra

By Sydney Antoinette Alipao


Persons who will get vaccinated with unregistered Coronavirus Disease 2019 jabs will not face charges unless they promote the use and purchase it, said Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra.

“Under our existing laws, a person who freely and voluntarily gets himself inoculated with an unregistered or unauthorized drug or vaccine does not incur any criminal liability, unless he himself has caused its unlawful procurement or promotes its use by other people," Guevarra exclaimed.

This was a response to Senator Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa's statement about his willingness to get enoculated with COVID-19 vaccine not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Recently, Dela Rosa said that he also wants to get enoculated similarly to the Presidential Security Group (PSG) who admitted being injected with non-FDA approved vaccine, quoting that  he is responsible in his own life.

"FDA-approved o hindi, buhay ko ito, wala akong pakialam diyan sa FDA kung i-approve nila o hindi yan basta buhay ko nakasalalay, I have to decide for my own life," said Dela Rosa.

Guevarra, however, emphasized the importance of FDA's approval on the use and administration to be "strictly observed for the benefit of everyone."

“Section 11 of the FDA law prohibits the manufacture, importation, sale, offering for sale, distribution, transfer, promotion, etc of any health product that is unregistered with the FDA, and Section 12 thereof imposes the penalty of fine and/or imprisonment,” the Justice Secretary noted.

Furthermore, Guevarra said individuals who willingly and knowingly administer an unregistered vaccines will be liable under the Medical Practice Act of 1959.



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