A nurse has been arrested for claiming to have injected COVID-19 vaccines into at least 50 people in exchange for a bribe, according to Italian police.
The Ancona man was filmed throwing vaccines into a container for used needles, with people paying to earn a vaccination pass without actually receiving the vaccine.
The man is under investigation by the city court for corruption, false certificates and waste of public property.
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Four people suspected of being the mediators are also placed under house arrest, while 45 who obtained the false certificates are barred from leaving their municipalities, under a court order.
The survey covers the main COVID vaccination center in the Marche region, the Paolinelli sports hall.
The group of workers at the vaccination center made at least 18,000 euros (£ 15,000) from the scam, forging at least 50 certificates according to Italian police.
Unvaccinated people looking for the forged certificate had traveled to Ancona from various parts of Italy and were paying around 400 euros (£ 333) for each certificate.
it comes after Italy announced a host of new coronavirus restrictions that mean that people who have not received a vaccine are actually banned from public transport, cafes, hotels, gymnasiums and other daily activities.
The new “super” health card requirement, which removes the ability to present a single negative test to access services, comes as many Italians return to work and school after the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The measure was imposed with COVID-19[female[feminine infections exceeding 100,000 per day in Italy.