A health ministry spokesman said that 44 cases of fake Covid-19 vaccination certificates were brought before the prosecutor of Karditsa, northern Greece, on Monday.
The scandal erupted when a doctor’s signature and official seal were not found on one of the printed vaccination certificates.
The head of the 5th Medical District, Fotis Seretis, said that these cases concern citizens who live in the regional part of Karditsa or in a wider area.
He added that 31,296 vaccinations have been given at the respective Palama Medical Center using the Pfizer vaccine.
It is still unclear how many fake certificates were issued, the official said.
According to local media reports, exposed scandal with fake vaccinations, as well as dozens of fake certificates were issued by a hospital employee who was able to access an electronic platform and register people as vaccinated. Among those vaccinated with fake vaccines were relatives of a woman who is reported to be the wife of a police officer in the media.
Authorities are also investigating the involvement of other staff at Palamas Medical Center.
The prosecutor should investigate the employee’s motives as well as what happened to the surplus vaccine.
Meanwhile, there are also allegations of fake “positive rapid tests” so that vaccine opponents can get a Codi-19 disease certificate and postpone vaccinations for six months. The first exposure came last week from the Peloponnese region.
According to state broadcaster ERT, health authorities are tightening control over both fake vaccination certificates and fake “positive rapid tests.”
The Greek government is suspending and gratuitous medical workers who refuse to be vaccinated, and is demanding twice-weekly rapid tests from unvaccinated workers in the public and private sectors.
Health Minister Thanos Pleuris today stated: “A special law is being prepared regarding false vaccinations. The legal framework is changing. This applies not only to the “fake vaccinated”, but also to the fake certificates of the transferred covid. The legislation will become more stringent. “