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Police Question Nurse Over Allegations Of Giving Vax Cards To Unvaccinated People

A nurse is alleged to have been involved in issuing vaxx cards to unvaccinated people in Labasa.
16 Oct 2021 10:00
Police Question Nurse Over Allegations Of Giving Vax Cards To Unvaccinated People
Ministry of Health Covid Vaccination cards

A nurse in Labasa was ques­tioned by Police for her alleged involvement in issuing vaccination cards to un­vaccinated people.

The nurse is alleged to have given 10 vaccination cards to a relative for unvaccinated people, including stamping of vaccina­tion cards to those who were not vaccinated and gave two cards to relatives in Taveuni.

Commissioner of Police Brig­adier-General Sitiveni Qiliho confirmed that a nurse was ques­tioned this week after allegations surfaced following verification of the vaccination cards.

“A medical staff at Labasa Hos­pital reported to the Police that there were allegations of vac­cination cards being issued by a nurse without people getting vaccinated,” Brigadier-General Qiliho said.

“Police have started investiga­tions and we are waiting for the Ministry of Health’s tally of its vaccination vials and record of their vaccination register.

“We have recorded witness state­ments and once all that is final­ised, then we will proceed for cau­tion interviews.”

He said Police awaited critical action and information from the Ministry of Health on tallying the number of vials and the number of vaccination cards issued.

It is understood that there is strong evidence against the nurse.

It is believed that Police have found that the two relatives fi­nally got their vaccine shots in Taveuni and surrendered their fake vaccination cards later.

The report was lodged on Sep­tember 24, about three weeks ago.

Health Permanent Secretary

Ministry of Health and Medical Services Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong also confirmed that Police were investigating the mat­ter.

Dr Fong said the ministry had undertaken an exercise to verify the cards and tally information.

“There has been a big exercise to verify vendors. So, when cards are checked at various places it helps to clean up data,” he said.

Dr Fong said unvaccinated per­sons were a danger to themselves and to vaccinated persons.

He said this was primarily be­cause they were much more like­ly to catch the virus – and much more likely to pass it on – than people who have been vaccinated.

In August, it was discovered that vendors in Nausori had bought vaccination cards which were marked with authentic Ministry of Health and Medical Services stamps.

Police questioned the vendors and said there was possible in­volvement of Ministry of Health personnel.

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