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Anti-vaxxers offering clinics cash for fake certs as more SOPs eased

Such people are attempting to obtain proof of Covid-19 vaccination without having to be jabbed.

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Anti-vaxxers who oppose receiving jabs against Covid-19 have resorted to offering several private clinics money in exchange for fake vaccination certificates, as restrictions are gradually eased for those who have completed the full dosage of vaccine against the fast-spreading virus.

It is understood that their modus operandi is to offer payment for the doses without actually receiving the shots, as they are only interested in obtaining a certificate to allow them to enjoy the facilities available to those who are fully jabbed.

One such example, revealed by a private clinic believed to be in Penang, has been making the rounds on social media.

The clinic said its staff had received many requests from anti-vaxxers who wanted to pay for vaccine shots without being jabbed.

It said these people were willing to fork out up to RM1,000 in exchange for proof of vaccination.

MalaysiaNow’s efforts to contact the clinic have so far failed.

However, it has been receiving praise from internet users for refusing to entertain such requests.

Dr Steven Chow, president of the Federation of Private Medical Practitioners’ Association Malaysia, confirmed that such attempts have been made.

“Yes, we are aware of such attempts to subvert the system,” he told MalaysiaNow.

While no official data is available on the issue, he said, attempts had been reported by association members.

“The federation is absolutely against doctors agreeing to any such unethical practices,” he added.

“To our knowledge, our members have always rejected these unscrupulous individuals.”

Individuals who are fully vaccinated are allowed greater freedom of movement, including permission to cross district borders for certain purposes and to participate in more social and economic activities.

Those who have completed the full vaccine regime are also allowed to dine in at restaurants and to resume religious activities at houses of worship.

Other social activities allowed include picnics, camping and certain non-contact sports.

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