- PUBLISHED AUG 25, 2021, 9:12 AM SGT
PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – The digital vaccination certificate has become a hot “commodity” in Malaysia, as the fully vaccinated are allowed greater liberties and social perks.
As doors remain shut to the unvaccinated, some unscrupulous individuals have made attempts to lie about their vaccination status with fraudulent certificates.
Private clinics and general practitioners say they have been getting inquiries from those who are unvaccinated, with some offering up to RM1,000 (S$320), to fake their vaccination status.
Federation of Private Medical Practitioners Associations Malaysia president Dr Steven Chow said members reported getting phone calls asking them to falsify vaccine certificates with offers of up to RM1,000 per certificate.
“They are not necessarily anti-vaxxers. They may be people who need to travel urgently,” Dr Chow said.
“But the cost of the actual unsubsidised self-paying vaccination in a private clinic is RM350 and to offer RM1,000 for a fake document is suspicious. The authority should investigate and act early.”
Any document, said Dr Chow, or a certificate signed by a registered medical practitioner has a serious legal responsibility attached.
“Our advice to doctors is never be a party. The best is to turn them away on the spot… Everyone should go for proper vaccination via the proper channel to protect themselves,” he said.
ProtectHealth Corporation chief executive officer Dr Anas Alam Faizli revealed that there had been isolated cases where anti-vaxxers had gone to the vaccination centre (PPV) but refused to roll up their sleeves.
“They only wanted to be recorded as having received their vaccination. PPV is where vaccines are given, not where documents are forged. Such an attitude will not be entertained,” he said.
Dr Anas Alam noted that there was a proper process, workflow and standard operating procedure observed at the PPV to ensure that only a person who is vaccinated will get their information recorded.
Recently, the police have also started investigations into the alleged sale of fake digital vaccination certificates, which was highlighted on social media.
“Yes we have had our share of people who only want the vaccination certificates,” said Malaysia Medical Practitioners Coalition Association president Dr Raj Kumar Maharajah.
To prevent legitimate certificates from being forged or stolen, he told people not to share pictures of their certificate on social media.
He also advised staff members at premises to scan the code on the certificate to verify its authenticity.
General practitioner Dr Arisman Wenge Abdul Rahman said some of his medical colleagues had been approached to falsify people’s vaccination status.
“These individuals approach the doctors and boast that they are willing to pay to get the certificates without getting the jabs. They will come and whisper to the medical personnel at the vaccination centres and ask them to pretend to administer the vaccine,” he said, adding that he had not heard of any staff member taking up such an offer to date.
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Meanwhile, EdgeProp divulged that Datuk Dr Mohd Rushdan Mohd Noor, Head of Department and Senior Consultant O&G, Consultant Gynae Oncologist at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah Alor Setar had posted on Facebook that the digital certificates are being sold at RM15 each.
It goes on to explain that it displays information such as a photograph of the holder of the digital certificate as well as the date and location of the vaccine dose given.
Dr. Mohd. Rushdan questions aloud the worry that is niggling within the society by further questioning that “If the public is allowed to make a vaccine certificate identity card or print the vaccination certificate themselves, how can the authorities know between the genuine and the fake?”
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