Fake COVID-19 vaccine cards were sold for $200 apiece to individuals in the New York City area, including some healthcare professionals.
The fake cards were sold by a New Jersey woman under the name AntiVaxMomma on Instagram, NPR reported. Jasmine Clifford was charged with offering a false instrument, criminal possession of a forged instrument and conspiracy for allegedly selling roughly 250 fake vaccine cards.
At a higher cost of $250, a second individual, Nadayza Barkley, entered the name of the fake card buyer into a New York state vaccination database that verifies vaccination status at required settings. According to prosecutors, Barkley entered at least 10 names into the vaccine database, NPR reported. Another 13 card buyers were also charged.
Fake vaccine cards are a rising concern, particularly amid reports of healthcare workers taking part.
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