A man in New Zealand got vaccinated 10 times in one day under several different identities. Is this a new scheme introduced by anti-vaxxers? Let’s find out.
Recent news covered by local media channels in New Zealand has revealed that an unidentified man had impersonated several people to get vaccinated on their behalf. The media called the man selfish for taking so many jabs at a time when people are actually dying to get a slot for themselves and their loved ones across the world amidst the pandemic.
New Zealand’s Health Ministry was very strict about getting its population at the earliest and such incidents would affect its data and vaccination schedule. The ministry is currently investigating the man and is looking for any other individuals who would have been vaccinated more than twice in exchange for monetary benefits.
While the man posed no health complications after being vaccinated so many times. “To assume another person’s identity and receive medical treatment is dangerous,” Koornneef was cited by the New Zealand Herald as saying. “This puts at risk the person who receives a vaccination under an assumed identity and the person whose health record will show they have been vaccinated when they have not.”
University of Auckland vaccinologist Helen Petousis-Harris said that researchers and doctors would have to wait for the man to exhibit any symptoms because they never researched the possibility of getting such a heavy dose of the vaccine.
Malaghan Institute director and immunologist Graham Le Gros said that “Vaccinated people not making themselves safer, and they’re certainly foolish by aiding people who need to be made safe”
NZ had dropped the showing of identification after cases spiked in the country to encourage more people into walk-in centers for vaccinations. The country’s businesses and facilities use a domestic vaccination certificate to allow fully vaccinated people access to places.
“We are very concerned about this situation and are working with the appropriate agencies” Added the country’s COVID-19 vaccine and immunization program manager Astrid Koornneef.