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Investigation into man who received up to 10 vaccine shots in one day

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NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 11 Dec 2021, 12:06pm
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Investigation into man who received up to 10 vaccine shots in one day

Author
NZ Herald,
Publish Date
Sat, 11 Dec 2021, 12:06pm

A man who was vaccinated against Covid-19 up to 10 times in one day on behalf of other people has prompted a warning from the Ministry of Health about the dangerous behaviour.

Astrid Koornneef, group manager operations for the Covid-19 vaccine and immunisation programme, said the ministry was aware of the issue and taking the matter very seriously.

"We are very concerned about this situation and are working with the appropriate agencies," she said.

The ministry would not say where the incidents took place.

It is believed the man, who is understood to have visited several vaccination centres, was paid for the jabs, according to Stuff.

Koornneef said people who have had more vaccine doses than recommended should seek clinical advice as soon as practicable.

"To assume another person's identity and receive a medical treatment is dangerous. This puts at risk the person who receives a vaccination under an assumed identify and the person whose health record will show they have been vaccinated when they have not.

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

"Medical practitioners operate in a high-trust environment and rely on people to act in good faith to share information accurately to assist with their treatment," she said.

What's more, Koornneef said, if a person was to receive a vaccination under an assumed identify their own personal health record would not reflect that they were vaccinated. This could affect how their health is managed in the future.