One Man Allegedly Got 90 COVID Vaccine Doses Just So He Could Sell The Proof-Of-Vax Cards
There are some pretty creative get-rich-quick schemes out there, but one German man takes the medal for allegedly executing the most bizarre COVID-related scheme yet.
A 60-year-old man in Germany allegedly got vaccinated up to 90 times in order to sell vaccine cards to people who didn't want to get vaccinated.
Instead of creating entirely fake vaccine cards, the man got actual vaccines so that he could get cards with legitimate vaccine batch numbers, reports CBS News. The man has reportedly received vaccines from multiple brands.
The man received his doses from vaccine centres across the eastern German state of Saxony, and he'd allegedly been doing it for months.
His plans were stopped in their tracks after he showed up to get a dose at a vaccine centre in Eilenburg, Saxony, for the second day in a row, Sky News reports.
German police reportedly caught him but haven't detained him.
He's now under investigation for forging documents and issuing unauthorized vaccination cards, and criminal proceedings are underway. His name was not released per German privacy laws.
Police reportedly found blank vaccination cards on the man when they caught him.
Authorities did not say how much money he's suspected of making off the scheme. They also didn't share any details about what effect 90 vaccine doses might have on a person, the Associated Press reports.
Pfizer recommends "monitoring of vital functions and symptomatic treatment" in the event of a suspected vaccine overdose, according to documents it filed with the Canadian government. It also recommends contacting a poison control centre. However, the document doesn't say what would happen if someone got several doses over a number of days.
This is not the first instance of vaccine card forgery in Germany, AP reports. Police have conducted several raids related to vaccine card forgery in recent months, as vaccine passports have become must-haves for people to enjoy public life in the country.
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