Fake COVID Vaccine cards – really?

Apparently, there is a market for fake vaccine cards online and sellers are charging hundreds of dollars. Really…? Posts have started to appear on Twitter, Instagram, and eBay, and other e-commerce sites, for fake vaccine cards, even though the blank CDC cards are readily available on the internet, including various public health sites. There are also an unlimited number of online images showing what a completed CDC Vaccination card should look like. So, there is nothing to stop a person from making their own vaccine card and showing it off as official and authentic.

Did you know that using a fake COVID vaccine card with the CDC logo is illegal? Today, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) released a special alert stating “if you did not receive the vaccine, do not buy fake vaccine cards, do not make your own vaccine cards, and do not fill-in blank vaccination record cards with false information.” The FBI further warns that “by misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms, or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19.”

Further, the FBI advised that the unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal (such as HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)) is a crime, and may be punishable under Title 18 United States Code, Section 1017, and other applicable laws. The Federal Trade Commission also advised against posting a photo of your vaccination card on social media because it discloses personal information, and you could be inviting identity theft.

Read more about COVID-19 vaccines from the CDC and the Florida Department of Health.

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