BERLIN (AP) – A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany to sell counterfeit vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people who do not want to be vaccinated themselves.
The man from the East German city of Magdeburg, whose name was not released in accordance with German privacy rules, is said to have received up to 90 shots against COVID-19 at vaccination centers in the eastern state of Saxony for several months until the criminal police were caught. him this month, the German news agency dpa reported on Sunday.
The suspect was not detained but is under investigation for unauthorized issuance of vaccination cards and forgery, dpa reported.
He was caught at a vaccination center in Eilenburg, Saxony, when he appeared for a COVID-19 shot for the second day in a row. Police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated a criminal case.
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 carried out many raids in connection with forgery of vaccination passports in recent months. Many COVID-19 deniers refuse to be vaccinated in Germany, but at the same time want the coveted COVID-19 passports, which make access to public life and venues such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools or workplaces much easier.
Germany has seen high infection rates for weeks, yet many measures ended to stem the pandemic on Friday. Masking is no longer mandatory in grocery stores and most theaters, but it is still mandatory in public transportation.
In most schools in Germany, students also no longer have to wear masks, which has led teachers’ associations to warn of possible conflicts in the classroom.
“There is now a danger that children who wear masks will, on the one hand, be teased by classmates as girls and overprotective, or on the other hand, there will be pressure on people who do not wear masks,” Heinz-Peter Meidinger. chairman of the German Teachers’ Association, told dpa. He advocated a voluntary commitment from teachers and students to continue wearing masks in the classroom and on school grounds, at least until the country takes on a two-week Easter break.
Health experts say the recent rise in infections in Germany – 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 in one day, while less than a week ago it reported 111,224 daily infections.
In total, Germany has registered 130,029 COVID-19 deaths.
This story corrects the number of new daily infections reported less than a week ago to 111,224.
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