The Telegram has become a veritable — and illegal — parallel market for COVID-19 vaccine certificates. In several private groups, people sell false applications of the immunizing agent, with prices that can reach R$ 500 per dose. There's more: according to a report by Metrópoles, sellers use the Ministry of Health's own system to register doses on the ConectSUS platform.
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The scheme is more complex than it looks. Instead of selling only vaccination certificates in PDF format, sellers register false doses of vaccine on the official platform of the Ministry of Health, ConectSUS. Thus, the buyer can issue the document as if he had received the applications normally in a Basic Health Unit (UBS).
And how is this done? Metrópoles spoke with one of these Telegram salespeople, who is also employee at a UBS in Teresina, Piauí. According to the individual, the buyer must inform the National Registry of Social Information. Then the dose would be registered in the Ministry of Health system, and the vaccine vial would be discarded in the trash.
The Ministry of Health commented not knowing about the existence of the scheme . However, a source inside the folder heard by Metrópoles stated that it is possible to register a dose of vaccine in the system without having to apply it to the arm.
It is worth remembering that the platform of vaccine registry can be accessed by public servants who work in UBS, Emergency Care Units (UPA) and hospitals in Brazil.
Prices can reach R$ 500 per dose
The values of fake vaccine certificates change according to the number of doses and the age of the purchaser. The registration of a single dose can cost BRL 300 for people over 18 and BRL 400 for minors. Already two doses come out for R$ 400 and R$ 500 for adults and children, respectively. Booster doses are sold for R$500.
In Telegram groups, buyers can even choose the manufacturer of the immunizer. Even knowing that it is possible to register a dose of the vaccine without the application, it is not possible to confirm if the announced scheme really delivers what it promises or if it is just a scam, as it would constitute a crime.
Sellers would also be marketing PDFs
In addition to the method involving health facility employees, vendors would be creating fake vaccine certificates recognized by ConectSUS. According to one of the suspects who allegedly participates in Telegram groups, it is still possible to issue PDF documents with a QR Code or a valid security code that can be read by the ConectSUS application.
This second method is nothing new, although. Since January of this year, there have been reports of people being able to validate any QR Code through ConectSUS, due to a security flaw. At the time, the app accepted codes of all types, even Pix keys.
The Ministry of Health said it fixed the security flaw in the app on January 25 on mobile phones. Android and on the 26th of the same month on iPhone and iPad (iOS). About the sale of fake certificates, Metrópoles contacted the Federal Police, but got no response.
With information: Metropolises.