A 60-year-old man allegedly got vaccinated against Covid-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell vaccination cards to people who did not want to be vaccinated themselves.
The man from the eastern German town of Magdeburg, whose name has not been released in accordance with German confidentiality rules, is said to have received up to 90 shots against Covid at vaccination centers from Saxony for months until he was arrested by the police, the German news agency dpa reported on Sunday.
The suspect has not been arrested but is being investigated for issuing vaccination cards without permission and falsifying documents, dpa reported.
He was caught at a vaccination center in Eilenburg in Saxony when he showed up for a Covid jab for the second day in a row. The police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings. By taking the injected doses, the man would have received real vaccine batch numbers to put on the cards.
It was not immediately clear what impact the roughly 90 injections of Covid-19 vaccines, which came from different brands, had on the man’s health.
German police have carried out numerous raids in connection with the falsification of vaccination passports in recent months. Many Covid deniers refuse to be vaccinated in Germany, but at the same time want to have the coveted passports that facilitate access to public life and places such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools or workplaces.
Germany has seen a high number of infections for weeks, but many measures aimed at curbing the pandemic ended on Friday. Wearing a mask is no longer compulsory in grocery stores and most theaters but it is still compulsory on public transport.
Health experts say Germany’s most recent spike in infections – triggered by the BA.2 omicron subvariant – may have peaked.
On Sunday, the country’s disease control agency reported 74,053 new infections in one day, while less than a week ago it reported 111,224 daily infections.
In total, Germany has recorded 130,029 Covid deaths.