Two arrested for selling COVID-19 vaccine packages online
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The Royal Malaysia Police has arrested two local individuals suspected of offering and selling COVID-19 vaccines on Facebook and over phone calls. According to Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Datuk Mohd Kamarudin Md Din, they have arrested a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman after a police report was lodged by a medical officer on Monday.
It is reported that the suspects were offering COVID-19 vaccine packages at RM450 for locals and RM800 for foreigners. Investigation revealed about 30 individuals have been contacted about the offer and 10% have expressed interest in buying the vaccine package.
It is said that interested customers were told that they would be registered into the Selangor COVID-19 vaccination programme through the SELangkah application. They were told that they would only have to pay after their names have been listed as vaccine recipients in the application.
Mohd Kamarudin said registration for the Selangor COVID-19 vaccination programme was only available for companies and it isn’t open to private individuals just yet.
The police urged the public to be wary of potential scams and syndicates who are trying to reap easy profits from individuals. The public is also advised to report any fraudulent sale of COVID-19 vaccine to the police.
For now, individuals wanting to get vaccinated must do so via the National Immunisation Programme. The vaccines are offered for free to everyone in Malaysia including both citizens and non-citizens. You can register via MySejahtera, through vaksincovid.gov.my or call in at 1-800-888-828.
A few months ago, a fake ad of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines being sold on Shopee went viral. At that time, the Ministry of Health had issued a reminder that COVID-19 vaccines are not sold in the open market and it is currently offered only via the Ministry of Health. Shopee had clarified that the image is not real and it was a doctored image that started from a tweet.