First prison sentence for a forged vaccination card in Germany!

Until now, people caught with a forged vaccination card were sentenced to a fine in Germany. Now, a breakthrough has taken place, and the district court of Landstuhl (Rhineland-Palatinate) has handed down a prison sentence in this case for the first time in Germany (AZ case: 2 Cs 4106 Js 15848/21).

Two months ago, a man went to a pharmacy with a forged vaccination card in order to obtain a valid covid certificate. However, the pharmacy employee noticed that the lot numbers on the stickers had already expired and the vaccination was not reliable. He called the police.

The courier company employee, who had a previous record for other offenses, was sentenced to three months of suspended imprisonment for falsifying documents.

According to the justification of the sentence, the punishment was also imposed from the “point of view of general prevention.” In other words, as a deterrent!

For the first time in Germany, the court confirmed that pharmacists are not bound by a duty of secrecy in such a case and can bring charges against a customer.

Chambers and associations welcomed the judgment. Gabriele Regina Overwiening, president of the Federal Association of German Pharmacists: “This gives pharmacies more security.”


All content published on the website is protected under German copyright law, Urheberrechtsgesetz (§ 52 ff UrhG).

Top stories


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Latest articles

Germany: FDP still opposes 300 euro lump sum payment to pensioners due to energy price hike

The FDP continues to oppose paying pensioners in Germany the so-called Energiepauschale, a 300 euro lump sum intended to...

Berlin is the capital of monkeypox. The number of infections in Germany is increasing

An increasing number of monkeypox cases are being reported in Germany. On Tuesday, the Robert Koch Institute reported that...

Monkeypox: German health minister announces first vaccine shipment

German Health Minister Karl Lauterbach expects the first 40,000 doses of monkeypox vaccine to be delivered in the first...

Robert Koch Institute chief pushes for new infection protection law

Covidien restrictions in Germany have been largely lifted, and for many German citizens, this is the first summer since...