Think Twice before Using or Buying a Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Card

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There is a new COVID-19 scam taking place The Doctors warn against taking part in -- fake vaccine cards.  These fake cards may be breaking multiple laws.

The New York Times reports fraudulent and stolen vaccine cards (which mimic the 3 X 4 card issued to a recipient of the COVID vaccine by The CDC at the time of your shot) are appearing on various websites and being sold for up to $60 each. 

The NYT believes the demand may be high for people who are anti-vaccine or those who are hesitant and looking to bypass vaccine requirements needed to go certain places, travel, or attend events. The paper also reports some people bought cards and filled them out to appear as they already have their first shot to deceive pharmacies and vaccine sites in obtaining a shot, as some vaccine sites prioritize second shots.

Legal experts tell the newspaper the act of selling a fake COVID vaccine card could break a federal law that prohibits copying the CDC's logo and stealing a card and filling it out with false information may violate identity theft laws. Additionally, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro tells the NYT selling these cards likely breaks civil and consumer protection laws and the cards may also violate laws regarding impersonation.

Attorney generals in 45 states have joined forces to call on major websites and social media platforms to stop people from listing these fake or stolen cards online and Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Shopify, and Etsy tell the NYT they are working to remove posts selling and advertising fake vaccine cards.

Instead of using a fake COVID vaccine card, which could potentially jeopardize your health and the health of others, The Doctors encourage everyone to get the vaccine when it becomes available to them and legitimately obtain a COVID-19 vaccine card -- just look at all of the pre-pandemic activities you will be able to do once you are full vaccinated... along with protecting yourself from the biggest health crisis of our lives.

More: Why Sharing Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card on Social Media Is Risky

More: A Doctor's Advice for 'Wait and See' People Questioning the COVID-19 Vaccine

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