Italian Nurse Arrested For Administering Bogus COVID Jabs In Exchange For EUR 400

An Italian nurse has been arrested for pretending to vaccinate people against COVID-19 in exchange for EUR 400.

Her modus operandi, as seen in this security camera footage, was to first empty the syringe’s contents into a gauze and then put the needle in people’s arms just to simulate vaccination.

Her patients were then able to obtain their health passes, which are required in Italy to access venues such as concert halls and restaurants, but also, more crucially, places of work.

Italian nurse from Palermo, Sicily, arrested for pretending to vaccinate in exchange for 400 euros. (Polizia di Stato/Newsflash)

She was arrested in the Italian city of Palermo along with the local leader of an anti-vax group, named as Filippo Accetta, and another man, named as Giuseppe Tomasino.

The arrests followed a police investigation that lasted for over a month.

The two men were filmed getting the bogus jab, and they and the nurse are charged with the crimes of corruption, falsification and embezzlement.

Italian nurse from Palermo, Sicily, arrested for pretending to vaccinate in exchange for 400 euros. (Polizia di Stato/Newsflash)

The nurse is believed to have simulated jabbing the two men and a relative of one of them, in addition to eight other people, in exchange for EUR 400 (GBP 340) per person.

Among the patients to have received the fake jab were a local policeman and a fellow nurse who worked at the same vaccination centre.

Charges of falsification have been levelled at the eight others who received the bogus jab, and their health passes have been annulled.

Italian nurse from Palermo, Sicily, arrested for pretending to vaccinate in exchange for 400 euros. (Polizia di Stato/Newsflash)

The nurses and policeman have also been suspended from practising their professions.

Regional health councillor Ruggero Razza was quoted in local media as describing the nurse’s actions as “incompatible with the exercise of the health profession”.