SVG Employees pay up to $1500 for forged COVID vaccination certificates

According to the sources, the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are paying up to $1500 for fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates to secure their employment.

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: According to the sources, the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are paying up to $1500 for fake COVID-19 vaccination certificates to secure their employment.

In SVG, the COVID-19 vaccination rate is the lowest among the eight member countries within the East Caribbean Currency Union.

On the situation, one of the employees in the tourism sector stated, “It is highly dangerous in the tourism sector because if you come to me for employment and you bring a vaccination card, and it’s fake, next thing you know, you have a serious case of coronavirus that you pass on to one of my guests, I could be in trouble. My hotel will be shut down for a while, and that is serious.”

These low vaccination rates are being recognised even as the local hospitality sector plans for the full-scale return of international guests, with proper COVID-19 protocols relaxed for fully vaccinated passengers.

As per the sources, duplicated COVID-19 vaccination certificates are being marketed in St Vincent and the Grenadines for between $250 and $1,500. Further, the Commissioner of Police – Colin John, gave the confirmation that two cases of the doubted COVID-19 vaccination certificate are under investigation by the police.

Seeing the forged cases of the COVID-19 vaccination certificate, the government of SVG has decided to produce a more guarded, wallet-sized proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

One of the officials of the Health Ministry informed that the ministry has already started the process all beforehand issued COVID-19 vaccination certificates, and more reliable ones would replace the existing cards.

The official added, “Ultimately, a photo ID vaccination card, issued by a Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment approved organisation, would be the only verifiable vaccination card.”

As of 3 June 2021, a total of 21,422 individuals have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Since the pandemic started, the island reported a total of 2,172 cases of the novel coronavirus, out of which a total of 1,922 individuals have been recovered from the deadly virus. The island has a death rate of twelve.