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A New Zealand man allegedly received ten Covid-19 vaccination shots in a single day after being paid by others to get the shot on their behalf.
New Zealand is on its approach to obtaining a 90 percent two-dose vaccination rate by Christmas, but it still has a lot of individuals who aren’t even thinking about applying. However, being unvaccinated entails foregoing some privileges that are only available to individuals with vaccination certificates, and many people are unwilling to do so. As a result, they allegedly try to go around the system by paying someone else to get the vaccine on their behalf. People are apparently willing to have up to ten doses of vaccination injected into their bodies for the correct fee.
Last week, New Zealand news website Stuff reported the shocking case of an unnamed man who allegedly got vaccinated for Covid-19 up to 10 times in one day on behalf of other people, prompting an investigation by the Ministry of Health.
The individual allegedly visited multiple vaccination centres in Auckland and obtained the Covid-19 vaccine on behalf of others who paid for the “service.” He was able to do so because getting the shot requires merely providing the health care provider with one’s name, date of birth, and physical address. There is no need for photo identification.
“Persons who do not have a form of picture identification are disproportionately people in vulnerable categories – homeless or transitory, the elderly, the young, and people with disabilities – and we do not want to create barriers to their immunisation,” a vaccination campaign spokeswoman stated.
Although no data on using the vaccine in this way exists, vaccinologists say that the person isn’t likely to suffer any serious harm. They will probably need to deal with more intense side-effects like fever, headache and general pain, but nothing too serious.
“We know that higher doses result in more general vaccine reactions, like fever and headaches and pains, so you might anticipate he would feel pretty grotty the next day,” Helen Petousis-Harris, from the University of Auckland, said.
Last week, we reported another bizarre attempt at trying to get the Covid-19 vaccine without actually getting it. In Italy, a man tried to use a silicone arm in order to get the vaccination certificate without really getting the shot.