New Brunswick’s largest health network wants people to stop asking employees to break the law.
The Horizon Health Network says people have been contacting staff to falsify COVID-19 vaccination records and are now calling on the province to move quickly to introduce a secure records system.
“If you do that it’s clearly breaking the law and I think nobody at Horizon has falsified any records,” said Peter Ford, owner of Ford’s Apothecary in Moncton.
Horizon Health’s VP community, Jean Daigle, issued a statement Tuesday saying, “Horizon was made aware of a few incidents where members of the public were requesting our health care workers to – in short – commit fraud on their behalf. We need the public to be fully aware that this will not be tolerated and any such incident will be reported.
According to the RCMP, falsifying vaccination records is a criminal offense and anyone who tries to use or smuggle forged documents could face criminal charges.
“Anyone creating false vaccination records or medical exemptions is undermining efforts to keep people safe,” said Corinne Enos, a representative for the NB Department of Justice and Public Safety.
Enos said falsifying vaccination records is a “serious issue,” and any cases should be reported to the police or [email protected]
“Under the NB Public Health Act, it is an offense to make false statements, whether oral or in writing, to a person regarding vaccination, medical exemption or proof of travel for COVID-19 against COVID-19,” Enos said.
Under the mandated order, a peace officer may issue a fine in the amount of $480 and, if the offense must be brought to court, a judge may issue a fine in the amount of $20,400 in excess of the fee, Enos said.
Moncton pharmacist Monique Duclos said some of her pharmacist colleagues have been said to have committed fraud, but would not disclose where the incidents occurred.
Duclos said, “They were building a clinic at their place and these two girls came and they had an appointment and they came in and just put their papers and asked the nurse to sign their papers, but they didn’t want shots. “
The president of the New Brunswick Medical Society, Dr. Jeff Steves, said he was “somewhat surprised that people would go to that length.”
Steves said he was not aware of any physicians who have been asked to document, but added that some doctors are getting some patient requests for vaccination waivers and when those requests are denied. Because patients do not meet the limiting criteria for remission, the response is sometimes quite negative.
“They didn’t have much, but everyone said we had something and the response ranged from simply being angry with the therapist to being verbally abusive,” Steves said.
Ford says the province needs to move quickly to implement a records system that is more verifiable so that people who are tasked with checking proof of vaccination, such as restaurant workers. How to recognize a fake.
He said that the existing records that are being used are very easy to create.
“People can steal a page or a blank record and fill it in themselves. It is completely bizarre,” he said.
A person submitting wrong vaccination records may face heavy fines or prosecution under the Criminal Code.
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