Scammers making hundreds of pounds by selling Covid vaccine cards on eBay amid travel passport rumours

SCAMMERS are making hundreds of pounds by selling Covid vaccine cards on eBay amid rumours that immunity passports could be needed for international travel this summer.

A probe found that listings on the online auction site were offering NHS cards for just £5 – with nearly 80 purchased in 24 hours. 

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The cards are given to patients who have received their first dose of the jab, and contain details such as the date and type of vaccine used. 

Over the weekend, an eBay listing offering "genuine" Covid vaccine cards appeared online with customers asked to pay £5 each, or a discounted “multi-buy” rate if they purchased more. 

The listing, which at time of its removal had seen 135 such cards sold, had potentially raised as much as £675 in funds from eager buyers.

And a private message between the seller and an undercover reporter confirmed it would also offer “genuine” batch numbers from existing Oxford/AstraZeneca or Pfizer/BioNTech vials.

Ebay has since removed the listings, which go against its policy of selling documents distributed by the government. 

A spokesperson for the auction site said: "Currently those who have had a vaccine are not afforded any travel privileges and are not exempt from any lockdown restrictions.

"Additionally there are no reported plans for vaccine cards to be used as an official record of vaccination, and they don't include any official identification.

"However, as per our policy, we have removed these listings to prevent any attempt to resell Government documents for personal profit.”

It comes amid reports that vaccinated Brits could be able to travel to France, Italy and Germany this summer using Covid passports.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is expected to discuss the plans during the G7 summit in Cornwall on June 11.

According to the Daily Mail, Mr Shapps is expected to push for international standards allowing vaccinated travellers to travel without restrictions, but with proof of vaccination.

Last week, the Department of Health said it was "working on a solution" to allow Brits to prove their immunity status – but did not suggest a timeframe for the policy. 

In response to the sale of Covid vaccine cards on auction sites, the DoH said they should not be sold outside the NHS vaccination programme. 

They said: "As with other vaccination programmes, a vaccine record card is issued to patients with the relevant details about their vaccination, including the date of their vaccination and their vaccine type.

"A record card is not an immunity certification and these cards shouldn't be sold or distributed outside of the vaccination programme."

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