Police investigating vaccine buy-off claims
Claims two women were offered money to get the Covid vaccine on behalf of someone else is being investigated by police.
A Katikati social worker told the NZ Herald that one of her clients was offered $200 to pretend to be someone else in order to get the jab.
Newshub reports that the women, who were unvaccinated, were tempted as they needed the money, but turned down the offer after growing uneasy at the request to memorise another woman's personal details.
A police spokesperson says officers are looking into the claims and are not aware of any other similar incidents in the area.
"Police would take seriously any reports of someone getting vaccinated on behalf of another person."
Covid-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says getting vaccinated is the best way to protect individuals, their families and the community against the virus.
He is encouraging people to book their vaccine now, so they are fully vaccinated in time for Christmas.
To book a vaccine, visit https://bookmyvaccine.covid19.health.nz/