Hospital faces EUR 55,000 fine for allowing vaccine queue jumping

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A centre attached to Warsaw’s Medical University could be hit with a PLN 250,000 (EUR 55,000) fine for vaccinating people outside the first group of people meant to be vaccinated first under a nationwide programme.

The university’s Medical Centre apparently allowed people to queue jump ahead of the those in the “zero group,” the first vaccination group consisting mainly of medical personnel.

"We can definitely say that there was a deliberate breach of the rules of the National Vaccination Programme," Adam Niedzielski, health minister, said on Tuesday.

The National Health Fund launched an inspection at the Medical Centre upon information that more than dozen people, mostly celebrities, had been vaccinated, contrary to the programme’s regulations.

Niedzielski said the people in question were "registered as non-medical personnel working at the hospital."

The irregularities found during the first day of the inspection, he added, were sufficient to merit the imposition of a PLN 250,000 fine on the Medical Centre.