Man Offered $50 to Nurse to Update His Vaccination Status Without Being Jabbed

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Bribes used to be more…audacious in nature. For instance, the following scenario could occur:

“Eh I need to secure this business deal at all costs, here’s a fat 100,000 rupiah check to get the job done.”


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“100,000 USD or the deal’s off.”

“You’re a greedy fella, aren’t you? I’ll add in a cow and that’s final.”

But nowadays, it appears that just as any random Ah Hock can grace a social media channel, briberies could also occur in random forms.

Man Offered $50 to Nurse to Update His Vaccination Status Without Being Jabbed

As you’re surely well aware of, it’s nigh impossible to do anything nowadays without a valid vaccination status.

SafeEntry verifiers are, after all, not merely for show. And so, it’s only prudent to get your full vaccination status… right?

Well, it was a half-half situation for Kelvin Tan Li Ming, 34.

See, he wanted the vaccination status. But he didn’t want the actual jab.


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And to compromise, he proposed a deal of his own.

On 26 October 2021, the Singaporean had an offer for his vaccination nurse at the Healthway Vaccination Center at Chua Chu Kang Community Club.

In return for a sparkly S$50 payment, the nurse would record his second vaccination dose, without actually implementing it in a physical sense.

Or at least, that was what the bribe entailed.

What happened, however, was quite the contrary: The nurse rejected it. 

No other information has been released, however, so we can only speculate about the manner of rejection. Though I’ve no doubt that it would hurt just as much as a rejection from your first crush.

Tan was subsequently charged on Thursday (13 January 2022) for attempted bribery, and will return to court on 17 February 2022.

For corruption, he’s liable to face either a S$100,000 fine, a jail sentence of up to five years, or both.

Though now we’re all wondering…did he really take the first jab?

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Other Instances of Bribing Due to COVID-19

Curiously, such instances of lower-end bribery are actually not that uncommon.

On 24 October 2020, for instance, a Singapore company director had attempted to bribe a Malaysia customs officer.

In a bid to avoid getting quarantined, he threw out RM100 (S$33) in cold hard cash, in hopes of tempting the officer.

Unfortunately for him, the deal fell through rather rapidly and he found himself detained at the Johor Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) office for some five days.


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He was subsequently investigated for attempted bribery.

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