A black market for fake COVID vaccine passports has emerged in France, where the government is trying to make them a mandatory condition of entry for venues like bars, restaurants and cafes.
Clinics in Paris are offering the passes for around €300 euros ($350 dollars) without the need to take any jabs.
“Certain vaccination centres, flagships of the fights against Covid-19 are now plagued by corruption,” reported French newspaper Le Parisien, revealing that low paid French health service workers are making as much as £4,000 a month through selling the fraudulent documents.
In doing so, they are risking 3 years in jail and fines of up to £38,000 for being complicit in the trafficking of forged documents.
“Money was handed over in a curtained-off area of a clinic in the northern Paris suburbs, where the jab was meant to be administered, and placed ‘under the table where the needles and sterile pads are,” reports the Daily Mail.
Demand for fake vaccine passports is surging after the French government announced COVID passes would be mandatory to enter all kinds of venues, including large shopping malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants, cafes and to use public transport.
Macron walked back part of the plan yesterday after the country was hit by unruly protests.