Considering a COVID booster shot? A German man got nearly 90 of them, police say

Injection being given into man's arm
An 87-year-old man receives his COVID-19 booster shot at a vaccination center in Frankfurt, Germany, in November.
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A 60-year-old man allegedly had himself vaccinated against COVID-19 dozens of times in Germany in order to sell forged vaccination cards with real vaccine batch numbers to people not wanting to get inoculated themselves.

The man from the city of Magdeburg, whose name was not released in line with German privacy rules, is said to have received up to 90 shots against COVID-19 at vaccination centers in the eastern state of Saxony for months until police caught him this month, the German news agency DPA reported Sunday.

The man was not detained but is under investigation for unauthorized issuance of vaccination cards and document forgery, DPA reported.


He was detained at a vaccination center in Eilenburg in Saxony when he showed up for a COVID-19 shot for the second day in a row. Police confiscated several blank vaccination cards from him and initiated criminal proceedings.

It was not immediately clear what impact the approximately 90 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, which were from different brands, had on the man’s health.

German police have conducted many raids in connection with the forgery of vaccination passports in recent months. Many COVID-19 deniers refuse to get vaccinated in Germany but at the same time want to have the coveted COVID-19 vaccination passes that grant easier access to public life and venues such as restaurants, theaters, swimming pools and workplaces.

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April 1, 2022

Germany has seen high infection numbers for weeks, yet many measures to rein in the pandemic ended Friday. Masks are no longer compulsory in grocery stores and most theaters, but are still mandatory on public transportation.

In most schools in Germany, students also no longer have to wear masks, which has led teachers’ associations to warn of possible conflicts in class.


Health experts say the most recent surge of infections in Germany — triggered by the BA.2 Omicron subvariant— may have peaked.

On Sunday, the country’s disease-control agency reported 74,053 new coronavirus infections in one day, while less than a week ago it reported 111,224 daily infections.

Overall, Germany has registered 130,029 COVID-19 deaths.