Health Editor’s Note: Stop placing pictures of your vaccine card on to social media. Being happy about having taken the vaccine is great and wanting to share your feat is also wonderful, but doing so can allow others, those who will never agree to be vaccinated, to continue to walk freely among us. The numbers on the cards can and are beng copied and used for bogus vaccine cards.
Now let’s get real truthful about this issue. While people making money off of scamming people during the COVID-19 pandemic, the scariest and most important point here is that people will purchase these cards, without being immunized against COVID-19, and like the virus itself will be lurking to pass coronavirus to anyone who is unable to take the vaccine.
Selling the fake cards break federal laws and violate identity theft laws. These cards may become the proof we need to board of plane or to attend events or for other important times in our lives. Anti-vaccine groups have boasted about attaining these cards. If these cards can be bought/stolen by people who are not vaccinated, they will become another huge blip in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. By all means share your pictures and messages of relief and happiness as you become vaccinated but do not use your card in your picture. The only legitimate COVID-19 vaccine card is the one your receive at your first vaccination. Keep it safe!..Carol
by Sheera Frenkel/NY Times
SAN FRANCISCO — On Etsy, eBay, Facebook and Twitter, little rectangular slips of paper started showing up for sale in late January. Printed on card stock, they measured 3 by 4 inches and featured crisp black lettering. Sellers listed them for $20 to $60 each, with a discount on bundles of three or more. Laminated ones cost extra.
All were forgeries or falsified copies of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccination cards, which are given to people who have been inoculated against Covid-19 in the United States.
“We found hundreds of online stores selling the cards, potentially thousands were sold,” said Saoud Khalifah, the founder of Fakespot, which offers tools to detect fake listings and reviews online.
The coronavirus has made opportunists out of many people, like those who hoarded bottles of hand sanitizer at the start of the pandemic or those who cheated recipients out of their stimulus checks. Now online scammers have latched on to the latest profit-making initiative: the little white cards that provide proof of shots.