HK arrests doctors, patients for vaccine exemption ‘fraud’

Posted by Ed 9 days ago

Several Hong Kong doctors and more than 20 patients have been arrested over allegedly fraudulent vaccine exemption certificates, police announced Thursday.

Coronavirus vaccines are not mandatory in Hong Kong but the Chinese city uses a QR healthcode system that denies unvaccinated people access to most public premises.

Only those with an exemption certificate issued by a doctor can still access such venues.

Police announced that five doctors, three assistants and 22 patients were arrested this month on charges of “conspiracy to defraud” after tip-offs.

The offence carries up to 14 years in jail.

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