Some unscrupulous health personnel in Mutare are making a quick buck by selling COVID-19 vaccination cards for as much as US$25 to individuals who do not want to be inoculated, The Manica Post reported.
It has been established that while some vaccination cards were forged, there was a leakage of genuine cards by crooked medical practitioners in both Government and local authority institutions in the eastern border city.
Investigations by the publication revealed that the vaccination card peddling syndicates have middlemen sourcing for business in Mutare’s Central Business District.
According to investigations, the middleman who supplied the vaccination card to The Manica Post reporter allegedly got it from a health practitioner based at Victoria Chitepo Provincial Hospital.
Acting Mutare DMO, Dr Oliver Makengo, said a certain nurse was recently under investigation over a similar issue but charges against him were later dropped due to insufficient evidence. Said Makengo:
We have only come across one such case involving a nurse. However, it was dropped since the district did not register any missing cards.
The possibility of people duplicating these cards should be considered, but we will continue to be vigilant to guard against that. If we come across any such cases we will definitively update the media.
Manicaland provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Luxson Chananda said the police force is yet to make any arrests of people selling or making fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. He said:
As security agents, we have a duty to protect public health. Those selling COVID-19 vaccination cards are endangering their lives, their families and the general public.
We urge those with information leading to the arrest of the culprits to come forward. This will be in the interest of public health. They can alert their nearest police station.