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Thursday, December 7, 2023

Vaccine card fraud led to the suspension of a BC nurse

A British Columbia nurse has been suspended for faking immunisation cards.

Key Takeaways:

  • A nurse in British Columbia received a six-month suspension last year after making fictitious vaccination records.
  • When a committee approves a consent agreement, it means that all parties have agreed on the specifics of the complaint and the punishment.

A nurse in British Columbia was given a six-month suspension for fabricating false vaccination cards last year.

Between September 13, 2021, and April 8, 2022, the province requires confirmation of immunization to access numerous non-essential services.

According to a warning published by the BC College of Nurses and Midwives on Friday, Sarah Jones of Castlegar “used her position, experience, credibility in public health, as well as her knowledge of the vaccination system to effect the fraudulent production of four immunization cards.”

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One of the conditions of a consent arrangement Jones made in connection with the wrongdoing from 2021 was the six-month suspension. A consent agreement accepted by a committee indicates that all parties have agreed upon the complaint’s details and the sanction.

The further college claims that Jones “provided a varied account of events” to various parties throughout the investigation.

The notice states, “Her conduct was found to be a marked ethical divergence from the conduct required of a nurse.”

The second condition of the agreement is remedial ethics instruction.

A British Columbia nurse has been suspended for faking immunisation cards.
A British Columbia nurse has been suspended for faking immunisation cards. Image from CBC News

The province said in December 2021 that it was taking measures to ensure immunization records were being examined to prevent fraud.

The statement added, “Records that are filed and are suspected of being false are notified to police enforcement.”

Other alleged vaccine card fraud incidents include a pharmacy in the Lower Mainland reportedly assisting unvaccinated individuals in downloading the electronic proof of immunization and vulnerable individuals in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside being offered money by individuals attempting to obtain a card without actually receiving the vaccination themselves.

Source: CTV News

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