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German man gets 90 COVID-19 shots to sell forged passes

Kirsten Grieshaber

BERLIN (AP) – A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany 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 eastern state of Saxony for months until criminal police caught him this month, the German news agency dpa reported on Sunday.

The suspect was not detained but is under investigation for unauthorised issuance of vaccination cards and document forgery, dpa reported.

He was caught at a vaccination centre in Eilenburg in Saxony 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 of COVID-19 vaccines, which were from different brands, had on the man’s personal 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 much easier.

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