The Italian police detained a nurse accused of pretending to have administered the COVID-19 vaccine to at least 45 people so that they could obtain a health passport fraudulently, disposing of the vaccines in a container and even placing adhesive sanitary bands on them. his “patients” so as not to arouse suspicion.
Police in the city of Ancona, on the eastern coast of Italy, also placed four suspected accomplices under house arrest, accusing them of finding anti-vaccine clients who were willing to pay for a health passport instead of receiving the vaccines.
According to a police statement, 45 people who allegedly received the passes as part of the scam, who must report daily and are prohibited from leaving their cities.
Police filmed the nurse while working at a huge vaccination center in Ancona, where he apparently poured the contents of the syringe into the medical waste container before pretending to inject the patient’s arm and then apply a band-aid.
The suspects are accused of corruption, falsification of information and embezzlement, although the police added that the false vaccination plan also wasted a “fundamental public resource”.
In Italy, measures against unvaccinated people are increasingly harsh, who are required to have a proof of vaccination or recent recovery from COVID-19 to access a series of recreational activities, as well as services such as public transport .
Italy, where the first outbreak in Europe was recorded in February 2020, has inoculated the 86% of its population over 12 years of age and has administered boosters to about 60% of eligible individuals.
The police have launched several investigations into fake health passes, and one case that attracted attention was that of a dentist who went to be vaccinated with a fake silicone arm.
After his actions resulted in a criminal investigation against him, the dentist announced that he had finally been vaccinated and that he was only protesting the vaccination requirements imposed by the government on healthcare workers.