Man in Germany gets 90 COVID-19 shots to sell fake passports

BERLIN – A 60-year-old man is said to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell fake vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people who do not want to be vaccinated themselves.

The man from the eastern German city of Magdeburg, whose name has not been released under German data protection rules, is said to have received up to 90 vaccinations against COVID-19 at vaccination centers in the eastern state of Saxony over a period of months before criminal police caught him this month, the German reported dpa news agency on Sunday.

The suspect was not arrested, but investigations are underway into illegally issuing vaccination cards and forging documents, dpa reported.

He was caught at a vaccination center in Eilenburg, Saxony, showing up for a COVID-19 vaccination for the second day in a row. The police confiscated several empty vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings.

It wasn’t immediately clear what the impact of the man’s personal health was on about 90 shots of COVID-19 vaccines, which came from different brands.

The German police have carried out numerous raids in connection with the falsification of vaccination cards in recent months. Many COVID-19 deniers refuse to be vaccinated in Germany, but at the same time want the coveted COVID-19 passports, which make access to public life and venues such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools or workplaces much easier.

Germany has been recording high numbers of infections for weeks, but many measures to contain the pandemic ended on Friday. Wearing masks is no longer mandatory in grocery stores and most theaters, but it is still mandatory on public transport.

At most schools in Germany, students are also no longer required to wear masks, which has led to teacher associations warning of possible conflicts in the classroom.

“There is now a risk that, on the one hand, children who wear masks will be teased by classmates as wimps and overprotectors, or, on the other hand, that pressure will be exerted on non-mask wearers,” said Heinz-Peter Meidinger, President of the German Teachers’ Association, told the dpa. He advocated a voluntary requirement for teachers and students to continue to wear masks in class and on school grounds, at least until the country goes into the two-week Easter vacation.

Health experts say the recent spike in infections in Germany – triggered by the Omicron subvariant BA.2 – may have peaked.

On Sunday, the country’s disease control agency reported 74,053 new COVID-19 infections in one day, while less than a week ago it reported 111,224 daily infections.

In total, Germany has registered 130,029 COVID-19 deaths. Man in Germany gets 90 COVID-19 shots to sell fake passports


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