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Vaccination hoax reported to the police after 4,000 turn up for coronavirus jabs

JOSÉ LUIS PIEDRA
JOSÉ LUIS PIEDRA / SUR
  • The Junta de Andalucía said the fake news about Covid-19 vaccinations without appointments was spread on social media and the majority of people who were conned were the elderly

The Junta de Andalucía is to report a vaccination hoax that went viral to the police. On Thursday, 1 April, about 2,000 people fell for the fake news and turned up for coronavirus jabs in Seville without prior appointments.

The hoax message had said that anyone over 80 who wanted to be vaccinated could do so only by showing at the vaccination point that the Andalusian Health Service had setup in the Sadus university sports centre in the Los Bermejales district.

The fake news caused the overcrowding of the facilities and affected the normal vaccination process of the people who were actually called for their jabs.

According to sources at the Junta, about 2,000 people had appointments but some 4,000 turned up on the day.

The Junta’s Ministry of Health swiftly moved extra staff to the area and Local Police and Civil Protection volunteers tried to manage the situation.

The Andalusian Health Service has announced that its legal team is preparing to take action against the people behind the hoax. It also pointed out that it will always contact people beforehand with the details of appointments for their coronavirus vaccinations.