Massive Covid-19 vaccine scandal as ‘queue-jumpers pay $300 on Chinese social media app WeChat to steal health care workers’ Pfizer jabs at a Sydney hospital’
- WeChat social media users sold $300 Pfizer vaccination pricetag in Sydney
- Deal promised a quick turnaround appointment at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
- Public arrived at the Sydney hospital thinking they had purchased a jab booking
NSW Police are investigating a possible vaccine booking fraud after money was exchanged for jab appointments at a major hospital in Sydney.
AAP understands people on the Chinese language social media app WeChat were asked to pay $300 to secure a quick turnaround booking for Pfizer at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney’s inner west.
Police were called in over the weekend and the state’s cyber crime unit set up a strike force.
NSW Police are investigating a possible vaccine booking fraud after money was exchanged for jab appointments at a major hospital in Sydney
Police Minister David Elliott is expected to address the media on the issue on Thursday afternoon
A police spokesperson told AAP that members of the public had attended the hospital for ‘fraudulent vaccination bookings’.
‘Police have been told the fraudulent bookings were made through an online vaccination booking service under allocations for essential healthcare workers,’ the spokesperson said.
About 60 people booked vaccines that were meant for health care workers over the weekend, NSW Police say.
They were ineligible for priority bookings.
Police Minister David Elliott is expected to address the media on the issue on Thursday afternoon.
AAP has approached NSW Health for comment.