Blank NHS vaccine cards are selling for up to £54 on eBay – sparking fears they could be used as ID proof of jab
- Concerns have been raised after ‘blank’ NHS Covid vaccine cards sold for £50
- eBay said it was swift in removing listing which branded cards a ‘collectors’ item’
- It comes after a probe carried out in April found people selling cards for profit
‘Blank’ NHS Covid vaccine cards were spotted being sold on eBay for over £50 each
Concerns have been raised after ‘blank’ NHS Covid vaccine cards were spotted being sold on eBay for over £50 each – sparking fears they could be used as ID proof of jab.
The online giant said it was swift in removing a listing which appeared to show a user selling them for a staggering £54 per card.
It comes after a probe carried out in April into the sale of vaccine cards found people selling the items for profit.
At the time, the site confirmed such sales had breached its policy and removed a listing which had seen almost 80 purchased at £5 each in less than 24 hours.
Earlier this week another the latest listing for an NHS Covid vaccine card appeared with the seller suggesting the item could be sold ‘blank’ and as a ‘collectors’ item’.
The listing, which appeared to show one had already been sold in the last 24 hours, advertised the item at £49.99 plus £3.99 for postage.
It is understood that a small number of venues such as bars and pubs have previously asked customers for their proof of vaccination.
In a statement yesterday, eBay said that it employs algorithms which detect listing of vaccine cards, but admitted some sellers had been able to ‘circumvent’ its automatic processes.
A spokesperson said: ‘Gov.UK states that NHS vaccine cards cannot be used to demonstrate vaccine status.
‘Therefore these cannot be used to gain any privileges (for example travel). Those purchasing cards like this would find they have no official use.
‘However, we do ban any attempt to resell Government documents for personal profit and have block filter algorithms in place to stop these cards being sold.
‘Sometimes opportunistic sellers attempt to circumvent our filters, but when they do our policy teams remove the listings quickly.
The online giant (stock image) said it was swift in removing a listing which appeared to show a user selling them for a staggering £54 per card
‘This is what happened in this case, and when contacted, there were none of these listings for sale on eBay.’
In response to the sale of Covid vaccine cards on auction sites, the Department of Health previously said they should not be being sold or distributed outside the NHS vaccine programme.
A spokesperson said: ‘As with other vaccination programmes, a vaccine record card is issued to patients with the relevant details about their vaccination, including the date of their vaccination and their vaccine type.
‘A record card is not an immunity certification and these cards shouldn’t be sold or distributed outside of the vaccination programme.’
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