Desperate no-Vaxxers pays COVID-positive people $ 150 for dinner and COVID infection

Desperate no-Vaxxers pays COVID-positive people $ 150 for dinner and COVID infection

Massimo Pinca via Reuter

ROM – The messages began to appear on Telegram a few days after Italy announced a new vaccine mandate requiring everyone over the age of 50 to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or risk large fines and even dismissal from their jobs.

Here in the first epicenter of the pandemic outside China, Italy has paid a high price with shutdowns that have crippled the economy and the deaths of more than 140,000 people. Vaccine mandates have become the primary strategy for moving forward, but a small number of people continue to resist.

The only alternative to being vaccinated is to have recovered from the infection, which must be recorded on a person’s national health card. “I’m quickly looking for a positive and I’m willing to pay,” wrote a desperate anti-waxxer, according to Italian police, cracking down on the secret COVID meetings and other scams ahead of the February 1 deadline for over- 50 vaccine mandate.

Shortly after the announcement of the new law, enterprising opportunists began offering COVID parties where people who have been tested positive for the disease mingle and mingle with those who want to catch it – a racket in Tuscany even includes a truffle dinner with Barolo wine, along with a positive-testing infection for about $ 150.

Other scams have also surfaced. Two people were arrested in Rome after a man who was COVID-positive used the health card of a person who wanted to bypass the vaccines, to be tested at a pharmacy. When the covid-positive man chose to pay with his own credit card – which apparently did not match the health card of the man who wanted a positive covid diagnosis attached to him – the pharmacist who performed the test reported them both.

Infectious disease specialist Pier Luigi Lopalco said on Italian television that the COVID parties and other scams are against the law and the people involved should be hunted down and arrested. “This uses the same logic as playing Russian roulette. For a person who has never had COVID who has not been vaccinated, encountering this virus can mean a mild form of the disease, but it can also mean that one ends up in the intensive care unit, “he said on Italian television. “The discriminatory factor between these two events probably lies in genetics. And there is nothing one can do to know in advance.”

He added: “No one can know until they become infected whether they belong to the lucky group that will not have serious consequences, or to the less fortunate group that may end up being intubated.”

The trend is not terribly different from anti-wax parents holding measles parties for their children when vaccinations became mandatory in Italy – leading to legislation making such practices illegal.

After an anti-wax nurse was arrested for hosting a COVID party in Milan last week, virologist Roberto Burioni tweeted his disgust. “I would pay any amount to get me (and my loved ones) the vaccine, instead there are people who pay not to get it,” he wrote. “It’s like paying to have airbags removed from your car.”

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