GGDs have become aware of a new form of vaccine fraud, where people try to obtain a vaccination certificate without actually having the shot — by slipping out of the queue. Several GGDs have implemented new measures to prevent this.
De Volkskrant reports that at various GGDs across the country, employees have caught numerous people trying to get out of having the jab. After being registered in the system and receiving their orange vaccination certificate, people in the queue suddenly “need the toilet” or just outright make a run for it with a vaccination card in hand.
Fraudsters are slipping through the cracks
The health service assumes that this has happened more often. According to a spokesperson from the GGD, this is also believed to have been an issue in the Bible belt (from Zeeland to parts of Overijssel), where “people who are against vaccination in principle tried to obtain a vaccination certificate this way.”
A spokesperson from the GGD region of Utrecht says that “we have examined our entire process to see whether it is watertight, and we have set up extra supervision to prevent people from leaving the line unnoticed.”
New measures in place to prevent this
Several GGDs have implemented new measures to ensure that people who have been registered in the system cannot slip away unnoticed — nice try though.
At many vaccination sites, people will now only receive their vaccination certificate after they have been jabbed — hope the vaccine dodgers get the memo about this. In addition, the queues have now been set up in such a way that it’s impossible to slip out unnoticed.
While vaccination fraud initially revolved around people jumping into the queue ahead of their turn, it’s now the other way round, with people bombing out — after getting that all-important orange piece of paper that is.
We do wonder how many happy-go-lucky, vaccine dodging hopefuls couldn’t make it out in time and ended up with the shot in the arm anyway.
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