Health Ministry Launches Probe After Identifying At Least 40 Bogus Vaccination Cards
At least 40 unvaccinated individuals have unlawfully obtained COVID-19 vaccination cards.
That update was provided by Health Minister Molwyn Joseph during a special discussion programme Monday evening.
Minister Joseph says an investigation has been launched into the matter.
Sir Molwyn is confident the Health Ministry’s database will allow investigators to quickly identify the fraudulent vaccination cards.
The Minister also reveals the fraud has been linked to one individual; he assures the appropriate action will be taken and the matter turned over to the police following the Health Ministry’s investigation.
A nurse reportedly has been arrested for falsifying vaccination cards and selling them for a hefty sum.
REAL News has received information that the young nurse, from the Ottos area, was taken into custody by the Police after they got word that she was involved in the alleged scam.
Reports say the woman, whose licence to practice nursing in this country has been revoked, was issuing the fake temporary yellow cards for a fee.
A source claims that she issued up to 50 of these fake cards and was charging $1,700 for each. However, another source disputes this figure and says the nurse was charging $1,500.
Reportedly the woman was signing and filling out the cards when she was not one of the nurses authorized to administer the vaccines.
On one card, which REAL News had the opportunity to see, the nurse recorded the Type of Immunization as “Janssen” – which, presumably, was meant to be “Johnson and Johnson,” one of the five vaccines available on island. She also filled in the date of vaccination and the Origin and Batch No., which, reportedly, do not correlate to the drug in stock.
It has not been confirmed whether charges have already been laid against the nurse.
Meanwhile, there is a permanent card being issued by the Government which carries a barcode and other fail-safe features. — REAL NEWS–