Couple in southern Germany accused of forging Covid vaccination certificates

Couple in southern Germany accused of forging Covid vaccination certificates
A vaccination certficate. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Christopher Neundorf
A couple in Baden-Württemberg has been accused of selling fake coronavirus vaccination certificates, authorities said Friday.

According to police and public prosecutors, “various” forged vaccination certificates and thousands of adhesive labels, some already printed to confirm two shots against Covid-19, were found in a flat in in the district of Reutlingen, reported German media.

Officers said they also found drugs during the search.

A 31-year-old man was remanded in custody, while his 34-year-old partner was released after police measures were completed. According to the report, the authorities were put on the trail of the couple by a tip-off. On Thursday, they raided the house.

Preliminary proceedings are now underway against the two suspects on suspicion of commercial document forgery.

According to the police and the public prosecutor’s office, they are alleged to have sent vaccination certificates with false Covid vaccination entries to “various buyers”. The 31-year-old is also being investigated for drug trafficking.

Germany has granted freedoms to people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. If you show proof of being vaccinated, for instance, you don’t have to quarantine after travel (unless you’re coming from a variant risk zone), and you can visit a restaurant without having to get a Covid test.

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  1. The authorities need to come down heavily on these Covid vacc certificate forgers, since otherwise the credibility and convenience of the yellow WHO vaccination booklet will be under threat.

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