BELIZE CITY, Thurs. July 29, 2021– This week, the Minister of Health and Wellness told local media that a nurse was caught peddling a fraudulent Covid-19 vaccination card and that the case was referred to the Police Department.
Following that report, the Government of Belize Press Office released a statement saying,”The Ministry of Health & Wellness is aware of several reports of falsification and forgery of COVID-19 vaccination cards. The ministry strongly condemns this action and the matter has been referred to the Police Department.”
Reports have indicated that the fake vaccine certification is being sold for $300 apiece. Minister Chebat said this act is not only undermining the efforts of the country to fight the coronavirus but may very well cause the deaths of those very unvaccinated persons who are using the fake vaccination card to avoid adhering to mandated regulations and who might be giving a false sense of security to those with whom they have contact, who might unknowingly be put at risk.
The vaccination card that is issued by the Health Ministry reportedly has no security features and is stamped only when it becomes absolutely necessary for the holder in case of travel.
The release from the Health Ministry reminded the public and every public vaccinator of section 162 (2) of the Public Health Act which states, “Every person who willfully signs a false certificate or return under this Part is guilty of an offense and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.”
Minister Chebat said that the Police Department is currently investigating this fraudulent scheme.