Traffic in vaccine QR codes in Paris? A suspended nurse

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A vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Nantes, June 3, 2021

VACCINATION – The system was obviously well established. A nurse, who had served since January 2021 at the anti-Covid center at Saint-Anne hospital in Paris, has been suspended by the Paris University Hospital Group (GHU), according to information from France Inter. She is accused of having “issued vaccination certificates to individuals who have not received injections”.

According to public radio, which quotes the management of the GHU, the nurse is suspected of having “registered these people for appointments” then of having “simulated, with the complicity of those concerned, the administration of the vaccine” before to issue certificates.

According to a member of staff, who wished to remain anonymous, “she did not vaccinate people, but she was paid to leave with a fraudulent QR Code, a priori to be able to go abroad”.

Report to the prosecutor

The management finally discovered the pot aux roses on Wednesday, June 2, when the nurse had insisted on vaccinating a couple. Alerted by this attitude, his colleagues therefore decided to call a doctor. “The doctor wanted to check that the people were vaccinated, but there was no trace of disinfectant, there was no dye, there was no bandage”, assures a member of the staff.

France Inter adds that an interim secretary, “potentially involved”, has also been suspended. A report for “suspected fraud” was made to the public prosecutor, the nursing order and the Ile-de-France regional health agency.

An international trend

Still rare in France, this type of vaccination fraud exists elsewhere in the world. In May, the California attorney general warned of fake Covid-19 vaccination cards that had started appearing in shops and on the internet.

American media have also reported on tutorials for counterfeiting these cards circulating on Internet forums frequented by opponents of vaccination and on person-to-person sales sites.

Such cards do not at this stage have the status of official sesame in the United States, but organizers of private events have started to reserve certain accesses to people who have been vaccinated. A vaccination card could also soon allow Americans to travel to the European Union.

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