FALSE: 5 die in Tarlac due to COVID-19 vaccine

Claim:

Five people died in Tarlac after getting vaccinated against COVID-19.

Pag my nag ikot ng vaccine galing brgy o city health wag kayo magp inject ah delikado 5 ang patay dito s tarlac now lng knina lng 9am sila nainject ng vaccine un mga tao n nag inject hnd n makita! Plss pass this para malaman ng iba...#CORONAVIRUS,” the posts read.

(If people from the barangay or city health office with vaccines do the rounds, don’t get yourself injected. It’s dangerous, 5 people here in Tarlac already died from it. They only got injected 9 am today and they are nowhere to be seen now! Please pass this on so other people would know. #CORONAVIRUS)

Several Facebook users posted the claim on Facebook as early as Sunday, August 9. The chain message also circulated on messaging apps.

Claim Check, Facebook’s monitoring tool, flagged at least 4 posts containing this claim.

Rating: FALSE
The facts:

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Tarlac and the Tarlac City Information Office (CIO) both denied the claims.

On its official Facebook page, PIA Tarlac said on August 9 that there is no truth to the circulating message.

That same day, the Tarlac CIO also posted a similar warning that urged citizens to be critical and vigilant against false information circulating online.

Moreover, the first coronavirus vaccine was announced on Tuesday, August 11 – two days after the chain message circulated.

Russia declared itself to be the first to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. It has been registered with the Russian Health Ministry and approved for emergency use only. However, several reports said that the vaccine skipped the third phase, and using it could result in side effects and false protection.

Despite this, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed on Monday, August 10, to get injected in public with the Russian COVID-19 vaccine. The Palace later said he would do it the earliest in May 2021. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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