Claim: Democratic Party of the Philippines standard bearer Jose Montemayor claimed during the Commission on Elections’ first presidential debate that “vaccination will expose you to infection.”

Rating: This is false.

What was said

Montemayor was responding to a question related to improving the quality of work when he made the false claim that vaccines can infect people.

He went on a rant about vaccine cards, which are sometimes required to enter establishments, which he claimed lowers the motivation and morale of workers.

What was left out

Vaccines do not infect people, but only imitate an infection which induces an immune response that creates immunity, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Vaccines help develop immunity by imitating an infection. This type of infection, however, almost never causes illness, but it does cause the immune system to produce T-lymphocytes and antibodies,” the US CDC said on its website.

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