Police in Italy have arrested a nurse on charges that he was faking giving COVID-19 vaccinations to around 45 people in order for them to get a health pass. The actual vaccines were allegedly being ditched in a bin, with patients walking away from the centre with bandages on their arm so as not to suspect the scam.
Police in Ancona on Italy’s eastern coast also placed four alleged accomplices under house arrest after they were accused of finding customers who did not want to get vaccinated but were willing to pay for a health pass. 45 people who allegedly received the passes as part of the nurse’s scam are currently under investigation. They are required to check in daily with police and are prevented from leaving their cities, a police statement revealed.
Police filmed the nurse at work in a huge vaccine hub, where he apparently squirted the needle’s contents into the medical waste bin before pretending to inject the patient’s arm and then putting on the band-aid. The suspects are accused of corruption, falsifying information and embezzlement. Police however added that the fake vaccination scheme also wasted a fundamental public resource.
With Italy cracking down hard on the unvaccinated, the country requires proof of vaccination or a recent recovery from COVID to access several activities, public transport and other establishments. The country has inoculated 86% of its over-12 population, with 60% of those eligible receiving their booster.