Faking your way to a vaccine: people have been jumping the queue for months

A breach has allowed probably hundreds of individuals to skip the queue and obtain their coronavirus vaccinations forward of schedule. 

Coronavirus vaccinations have been accessible to roughly 700,000 healthcare staff within the Netherlands since January. Due to this, some healthcare establishments have had samples of the invitation letter for healthcare staff accessible on their web sites.

Pace on the expense of safety 

Nevertheless, the urgency with which the vaccination system needed to be arrange has meant that at instances the safety of the system has been secondary. In consequence, the invitation letter is a generic Microsoft Phrase doc that may be discovered on Google and simply tailored. Individuals solely want to change the title within the letter after which could make a reserving for a shot, stories RTL Nieuws.

This technique of leaping the queue for vaccinations has confirmed efficient as there are solely restricted checks on the vaccination websites. So long as the title on the ID card matches the title on the invitation, the individual is cleared to obtain their shot.

The supply of invitation letters has spurred a web-based black market, with letters being bought for round €50 to vaccine-hopefuls.

An up to date reserving system for healthcare staff 

Because of the revelations made by RTL Nieuws, the GGD has taken motion to make the vaccination reserving course of for healthcare staff safer. Healthcare staff who’ve obtained an invite letter should now make a cellphone name (as a substitute of reserving on-line) to order their vaccination slot. 

Planning on Googling for a letter? Maintain your horses: the letters have now reportedly been faraway from the web. However don’t fret, the federal government maintains that each individual over 18 who desires to be vaccinated ought to obtain their first shot by July.

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