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Adelaide Hills woman charged with vaccine deception

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Police have charged a 52-year-old woman with deception offences, alleging she paid a vulnerable person to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in her name as she needed evidence of the shot for her job.

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In a statement today, SA Police said that the woman was arrested and charged at Chapel Hill, near Mt Barker.

“Police will allege that on Monday 10 January, the 52-year-old woman from Chapel Hill paid a vulnerable person a sum of money to receive a Covid-19 vaccination in her name,” the statement read.

“It will be alleged that she accompanied the person to a Mount Barker vaccination clinic, deceiving SA Health by allowing the vulnerable person to receive the COVID-19 vaccination in her own name, while pretending to be the carer of that person.

“It is further alleged the woman required evidence of vaccination for her own employment.”

She was charged with deception and dishonest dealing with documents. She has been bailed to appear at the Mount Barker Magistrates Court on March 30.

Premier Steven Marshall said today that it was “unconscionable behaviour if correct”.

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