Thousands of fake Covid-19 vaccine cards are flooding the streets of America as more local and state governments announce vaccine mandates.
A Chicago-based pharmacist was arrested on Tuesday for selling more than 100 counterfeit vaccine cards on eBay.com.
And federal agents seized more than 3,000 counterfeit vaccine cards that arrived at a Memphis port in a shipment from China.
Michael Neipert, Area Port Director of Memphis, said:
“If you do not wish to receive a vaccine, that is your decision. But don’t order a counterfeit, waste my officer’s time, break the law, and misrepresent yourself.
“When you order a fake vaxx card, you are using my officers time as they also seize fentanyl and methamphetamines.”
The FBI has warned people that “buying, selling, or using a counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination card is a crime.”
In an effort to crack down on counterfeit cards, local health officials in NY City are providing restaurants, retailers and gym owners with instructions on how to spot fake vaxx cards.
The action comes after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a ban on unvaccinated people in restaurants, stores and gyms.
People with at least one mRNA vaccine dose in their arms are not considered unvaccinated.