A 60-year-old German man is under investigation after he had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in order to sell forged vaccination cards with actual vaccine batch numbers to people wanting to avoid vaccinating themselves.
The man from the eastern German city of Magdeburg, whose name was not released in light of German privacy rules, received up to 90 COVID-19 vaccinations at vaccination centers in the eastern state of Saxony over a matter of months before criminal police caught him earlier this month.
The suspect was not detained but is under investigation for unauthorized issuance of vaccination cards and document forgery, DPA reported.
Authorities caught up to him at a vaccination center in Eilenburg in Saxony when he showed up for a COVID-19 shot two days in a row. Police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal charges.
It remains to be seen what kind of impact the approximately 90 shots of various COVID-19 vaccines will have on his personal health.
German police have conducted many raids in connection with the forgery of vaccination passports in recent months. Many who do not want to be vaccinated in Germany, still want to have the perks that COVID-19 passports will allow such as access to public life and many venues such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools, or workplaces.
Germany has been experiencing a high number of infections for weeks, but many measures to curb the pandemic ended on Friday.
Masks are no longer required in grocery stores, most theaters, or schools but it is still mandatory on public transportation.
Health experts speculate the most recent surge of infections in Germany — triggered by the BA.2 omicron subvariant— may have peaked.
Overall, Germany has registered 130,029 COVID-19 deaths.