Vaccination has long been touted as the ticket back to normality, with many activities Aussies once took for granted soon to be off limits without proof of a double dose.
But now reports are surfacing that many are trying to cheat the system, attempting to bribe medical staff to falsify their vaccination forms.
Alarmed by idea, health professionals are speaking out.
One nurse who was recently propositioned said a patient waited until the pair were alone in a room and offered money in exchange for a fake certificate.
“I’ve had a couple but the last one waited until my colleague left the room,” Sharon said.
“‘As soon as the door was shut (they) said ‘how much? How much for you to say you’ve done it, and not do it?’
“We’re getting towards the stage where it’s getting quite typical.”
Any clinicians caught obliging face hefty penalties.
Doctors have weighed in on the issue, saying that not only is the process highly unethical but also selfish and illegal.
“It’s not only unethical, but unprofessional and actually illegal,” Dr Chris Moy said.
“Frankly, the book needs to be thrown.
“It’s incredibly selfish, they could catch it, pass it onto somebody else and the consequences for that person may be huge. They could get extremely sick or die.”
South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens cast doubt over whether any “self-respecting” health professional would actually manufacture the dodgy documents, but warned action would be taken against those caught.
“I’d be very surprised if any self-respecting nurse would succumb to that sort of inducement,” he said.
“One issue we’re working through which I think we’ve done quite well, is validating that the vaccination forms produced by people who are required to be vaccinated are legitimate.”
Authorities say that fake vaccination documents are now at the top of their agenda, particularly among workers who are legally required to have had the jab.