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BERLIN (AP) — A 60-year-old man reportedly got vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell fake vaccination cards with real vaccine lot numbers to people who don’t want to get vaccinated themselves.
The man from the eastern German city of Magdeburg, whose name has not been released in accordance with German confidentiality rules, is believed to have received up to 90 injections against COVID-19 at treatment centres. vaccination of the eastern state of Saxony for months until the criminal police were arrested. him earlier this month, German news agency dpa reported on Sunday.
The suspect has not been arrested but is being investigated for unauthorized issuance of vaccination cards and falsifying documents, dpa reported.
He was caught at a vaccination center in Eilenburg in Saxony when he showed up for a COVID-19 shot for the second day in a row. The police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings.
It was not immediately clear what kind of impact the roughly 90 injections of COVID-19 vaccines, which came from different brands, had on the man’s personal health.
German police have carried out numerous raids in connection with the falsification of vaccination passports in recent months. Many COVID-19 deniers refuse to be vaccinated in Germany, but at the same time want to have the coveted COVID-19 passports which facilitate access to public life and to many places such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools or workplaces.
Germany has seen high numbers of infections for weeks, but many measures to bring the pandemic under control ended on Friday. Wearing masks is no longer required in grocery stores and most theaters, but is still required on public transportation.
In most schools across the country, students are also no longer required to wear masks, which has led teachers’ associations to warn of possible conflicts in the classroom.
“There is now a danger that, on the one hand, children who wear masks will be teased by classmates as wimps and overprotective or, on the other hand, pressure will be exerted on non-mask wearers. “Heinz-Peter Meidinger, the president of the Association of German Teachers, told dpa. He pleaded for a voluntary commitment by teachers and students to continue wearing masks in the classroom and on school grounds, at least until the country goes on a two-week Easter holiday.
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 COVID-19 infections less than a week ago, while the Robert Koch Institute recorded 11,224 daily infections. However, the number of reported infections is generally lower on weekends.
Overall, Germany has recorded 130,029 deaths from COVID-19.
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