An anti-vaxxer nurse in Germany has supposedly injected up to 8,600 people with saline solution instead of a COVID 19 vaccine.
A police inquiry found that the Red Cross nurse may have given thousands of elderly patients in northern Germany a fake jab in the early Spring.
Authorities on Tuesday urged thousands of people who got their initial jab at a vaccination centre in Friesland, a provincial area near the North Sea Coast, to get another shot of the COVID 19 vaccine after making the discovery.
Police said the unnamed suspect had expressed sceptical beliefs about vaccines in social media posts but that their motivation was unclear, and Sven Ambrosy, a local councillor, said on Facebook as local authorities announced the call to about 8,600 residents who may have been affected that he was totally appalled by the incident.
While the saline solution is harmless, most people who got vaccinated in Germany in March and April, when the presumed switch took place, were elderly people at great risk of developing the possibly fatal viral disease.
Police investigator Peter Beer, talking at a news conference reported by German media, said that based on witness accounts there was reasonable suspicion of danger.
It wasn’t instantly obvious whether the suspect had been arrested or charged in the case, which according to broadcaster NDR had been handed to a special unit that examines politically motivated offences.
Local police refused to comment outside of normal working hours.
It comes as German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the state would quit paying for COVID 19 tests for unvaccinated residents by October to encourage more people to get the jab, and she said that free testing would conclude on October 11 because all citizens were now eligible for the vaccine.
About 55 per cent of Germans are completely vaccinated, but the speed of vaccinations has slowed and Angela Merkel has said she wants to see at least 75 per cent of the population jabbed.
Germany had made the tests free for all in March to help make a gradual return to normal life possible after months of lockdown.
From October, unvaccinated residents will have to pay for their tests but teenagers, children, and people who can’t get the jab for medical reasons will be excluded.
The government will also require people to be either vaccinated, test negative or have a recovery certificate to enter indoor restaurants, engage in religious services and do indoor sports.
As for the nurse concerned, was it not wrong that she made decisions for other people? Because agreeing to a vaccine and being given a placebo took decisions away from people, and perhaps now her days of nursing are numbered.
This woman is a nurse and as a nurse, people put a lot of trust in her, and her views shouldn’t conflict with her work, but it also demonstrates that nobody knows what they’ve been injected with.
This isn’t a good look for Germany, and I did wonder when having mine what was really in the vaccine that I was given.
So, was she an anti-vaxxer or just a nurse with a conscience? I guess it depends on your view and if you agree or don’t agree with being vaccinated, and it would be fascinating to see if those who got the placebo vaccine faired any worse or better with COVID than those who received the full monty.
And let’s face it, these COVID vaccines that haven’t been tested properly have already killed a few people here and there or at least made them extremely unwell, but saline of course doesn’t kill.