A man gets the Covid-19 vaccine ten times in one day after he was paid by anti-vaxxers to receive their Covid-19 jabs.
The man, who has not been identified, pretended to be a different person each time he visited a doctor in New Zealand.
This guy was vaxxed 10 times in a day, each time for a different anti-vaxxer. Okay, he's obviously nuts. But what will the anti-vaxxers say if (when!) he doesn't grow a third arm and turn luminous? #antivaxxers https://t.co/qRgLni0AvV— Pini Dunner (@pinidunner) December 13, 2021
He was then given the jab before the vaccination records were updated for the real person.
Authorities believe anti-vaxxers paid the man so they could enjoy the same freedoms as the vaccinated without having to get the jab.
New Zealanders must show a vaccine pass in order to visit some businesses and attend events in the country.
University of Auckland vaccinologist and associate professor Helen Petousis-Harris described it as a 'really dumb thing to do'.
'I think the chances of them feeling extra awful are higher than someone who had a regular dose,' she said.
While there is limited data on the effects of multiple Covid vaccines on the body, Ms Petousis-Harris guessed the man would be feeling pretty rough the next day.
He will be no more protected against coronavirus than people who have had the recommended two doses as the triggered immune response will plateau.
As authorities continue to investigate how the man was able to access ten vaccines, health officials remain uneasy about complicating the identification process.
They worry people who wish to get vaccinated but don't have a photo ID could be deterred from getting the jab and receiving protected against the virus.
A health ministry spokesperson said these people tended to belong to vulnerable groups in the community like the homeless, disabled or the elderly.
'We don't want to create barriers to their vaccination,' they said.
Man receives the Covid-19 vaccine ten times in one day after getting paid by anti-vaxxers https://t.co/m2lAlpL5JF— World News (@worldnewstweet_) December 12, 2021
New Zealand has experienced an uptick in Covid cases since October and recorded 103 new infections and 61 hospitalisations on Sunday.
Of the eligible population, 94 per cent of people have had their first dose and 89 per cent have rolled up their sleeve for both.
Of the fully vaccinated population, 91 per cent have downloaded a 'My Vaccine Pass', the equivalent of Australia's vaccination passport.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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