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Woman who reported jabbed by ‘fake’ doctor also to appear in court

file photo: an israeli woman receives a third shot of coronavirus disease (covid 19) vaccine in tel aviv
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A 26-year-old woman who had initially reported an ambulance employee for pretending to be a doctor and issuing a fake coronavirus vaccination certificate for her will also appear in court, police told the Cyprus Mail on Tuesday.

The case was reported to the police several months ago by the young woman who claimed a man who presented himself as a doctor administered an anti-Covid vaccine to her and gave her a certificate, but she later discovered he was not on the ministry’s registry.

A police spokeswoman said the 51-year-old suspect, who was arrested, was a private ambulance employee and is currently on suspension.

During police questioning, the man made some allegations which are being investigated. Among others, he suggested the complainant knew that he was issuing her a fake vaccination certificate.

The woman later retracted her initial allegation that the suspect gave her the jab.

She is being investigated for attempting to secure registration under false representations, police said.

Both suspects will appear in court at a later stage.

Police also completed an investigation into a 53-year-old doctor in Larnaca who is suspected of issuing fake vaccination certificates.

The case file of the doctor, which was submitted to the legal service for examination, includes statements from family and friends of his patients as well as health professionals who treated them after contracting coronavirus.

The general practitioner is faced with charges related to conspiracy to commit a crime, forgery of an official document, circulation of a forged document, ensuring registration with false representations, negligent acts that cause bodily harm and violations of the general health system (Gesy).

A Paphos-based paediatrician was also investigated for the same offences.

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