In Spain, thousands of people were kicked into an April 1 joke on Thursday after a fake vaccination call was sent to all over-80s in the city of Seville.
The call, which was sent on behalf of the local health authorities, was distributed via WhatsApp. The message said that all people eighty years or older could get vaccinated against the coronavirus on Thursday, April 1. They did not have to make an appointment for this.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Pais, a line of about 4,000 elderly people and their relatives gathered at the vaccination centre in Seville.
The local health authorities have called in additional staff and arranged 2,000 additional doses of corona vaccines so that the elderly would not have to return home empty-handed.
However, the health authorities emphasized that this is an isolated incident and that it is still the intention that only people who have received an invitation are vaccinated. They have reported spreading a fake vaccination call, disrupting the planned vaccination campaign and creating a dangerously large crowd.