Berlin: A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get vaccinated themselves.
The man from the eastern Germany city of Magdeburg, whose name was not released in line with German privacy rules, is said to have received up to 90 shots against COVID-19 at vaccination centres in the state of Saxony for months until criminal police caught him, the German news agency dpa reported on Monday (AEDT).
The suspect was not detained but is under investigation for unauthorised issuance of vaccination cards and document forgery.
He was caught at a vaccination centre in Eilenburg when he showed up for a COVID-19 shot for the second day in a row. Police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings.
It was not immediately clear what impact the approximately 90 shots, which were from different brands, had on the man’s health.
German police have conducted many raids in connection with forgery of vaccination passports in recent months. Many COVID-19 deniers refuse to get vaccinated in Germany, but at the same time want to have the coveted COVID-19 passports that make access to public life and venues such as restaurants, theatres, swimming pools or workplaces easier.
The country has a vaccination rate of 75 per cent.
It has recorded high infection numbers for weeks, yet many measures to rein in the pandemic ended on Friday. Donning masks is no longer compulsory in grocery stores and most theatres but it is still mandatory on public transport.
In most schools, students also no longer have to wear masks, which has led teachers’ associations to warn of possible conflicts in class.