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Inside the dangerous Covid scam where fraudsters are charging more than $100 to get the jab on behalf of anti-vaxxers – as it’s revealed one woman was jabbed more than TWENTY times

One woman has had more than 20 Covid vaccines on behalf of anti-vaxxers
Another New Zealand fraudster charges vaccine-fearing people $100 per jab
A man had ten Covid-19 vaccines in one day after he was paid by anti-vaxxers
They each pretended to be a different person each time they visited clinics 
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By Charlotte Karp and Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 05:31 GMT, 13 December 2021 | Updated: 05:31 GMT, 13 December 2021

One woman has had at least 20 Covid-19 vaccines on behalf of anti-vaxxers and another charges $100 per jab in a dangerous moneymaking vaccine scheme.

Health bosses in New Zealand revealed on Saturday that a man, who has not been identified, was paid by vaccine-fearing Kiwis to get the jab while posing as them.
He had up to ten doses of coronavirus vaccines in a single day using someone else’s name every time he entered a clinic.
Once he received the jab, medical records were updated for the real person and they were allowed to enter businesses and attend events with double vaccination policies.
While the Ministry of Health is investigating how the man managed to get so many doses in 24 hours, social media users said the bizarre side-hustle is gaining traction.

Some anti-vaxxers are paying others to get the Covid-19 vaccine on their behalf (stock image of someone in New Zealand getting a Covid vaccine)

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One woman said she knows someone in Palmerston, on the nation’s South Island, whose been jabbed multiple times on behalf of others.
‘There’s a chick in Palmy whose had at least 20 [vaccines],’ she wrote.
Another said: ‘I know someone whose charging $100 a jab.’

Others slammed money-hungry scammers for putting their heath and others’ safety at risk.
‘Things people do for money,’ one woman said. 
‘This cannot be at all healthy in any way shape or form. No brains.’
Someone else said: ‘I am fascinated that there were ten people who all knew this guy and were willing to pay someone to take a vaccine for them and then fraudulently show a vaccine pass.’ 

One woman claims to know someone charging $100 to get vaccines while posing as vaccine-fearing Kiwis (pictured: a vaccine being prepared in Auckland)

Astrid Koornneef from the Ministry of Health told Daily Mail Australia the national health body is taking the issue very seriously. 
‘We are very concerned about this situation and are working with the appropriate agencies,’ he said.
‘People who have had more vaccine doses than recommended should seek clinical advice as soon as practicable.

‘Having an inaccurate vaccination status not only puts you at risk, it puts your friends, family and community at risk, and the healthcare teams that treat you now in the future.’ 

Authorities believe anti-vaxxers paid the man so they could enjoy the same freedoms as the vaccinated without having to get the jab

University of Auckland vaccinologist and associate professor Helen Petousis-Harris described having multiple unauthorised vaccines as a ‘really dumb thing to do’.
‘I think the chances of them feeling extra awful are higher than someone who had a regular dose,’ she said.

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While there is limited data on the effects of multiple Covid vaccines on the body, Ms Petousis-Harris guessed the man would be feeling pretty rough the next day. 
She said he will be no more protected against coronavirus than people who have had the recommended two doses, as the triggered immune response will plateau.  

The man will be no more protected against coronavirus than people who have had two vaccine doses as the triggered immune response will plateau (pictured, Auckland, New Zealand)

Concerned New Zealanders called for health authorities to check identification before allowing people to roll up their sleeves, but experts fear it could complicate the system.

They worry that people who wish to get vaccinated but don’t have a photo ID could be deterred from getting the jab and receiving protected against the virus. 
New Zealand has experienced an uptick in Covid cases since October and recorded 103 new infections and 61 hospitalisations on Sunday. 
Of the eligible population, 94 per cent of people have had their first dose and 89 per cent have rolled up their sleeve for both. 
Of the fully vaccinated population, 91 per cent have downloaded a ‘My Vaccine Pass’, the equivalent of Australia’s vaccination passport.  

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