Are Fake COVID-19 Vaccine Cards The New Fake IDs?
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — From concerts to college campuses, from the office to the bar, proof of vaccination is quickly becoming a common requirement. Now some are concerned that fake vaccine cards could become the new fake ID.
So what are the legal implications of buying or selling a fake vaccine card?
“It kind of depends on the situation,” said FBI Special Agent Sean Regan. “Utilizing an official insignia of a federal agency would be a federal violation.”
The FBI has been working to fight vaccine card fraud for months.
The unauthorized use of the CDC logo is a federal offense. So if you were to forge a blank CDC or HHS document, or create a fake document with the logos, it could be punishable with a fine and up to five years in prison – and that’s just the federal charges.
“If you’re using the internet, for example,” Regan said, “there could be various violations both at the state and at the federal level,”
CBS13 found blank cards for sale on social media — and even purchased some on Amazon in an effort to identify a scam. The ad displayed a yellow international vaccine card but arrived with what appeared to be real blank COVID vaccine cards too.
We’re turning the cards over to authorities.
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French President Emmanuel Macron Says Someone Who Refuses COVID Vaccine Is ‘Not a Citizen’
French president Macron’s desire to ‘piss off’ unvaccinated individuals triggers outrage
French President Emmanuel Macron faced significant criticism for his comments claiming that he would like to “piss off” unvaccinated individuals.
Macron spoke candidly during an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien, during which he said that he wanted to make life difficult for individuals who have not received a COVID-19 vaccine. The French “sanitary pass” has prompted a number of protests and stiff opposition while the country nears 75% full vaccination.
“I really want to piss them off, and we’ll carry on doing this – to the end,” Macron said three months ahead of a presidential election. “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison, so we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant. You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
The French Parliament heard Macron’s comments during a debate over his proposed bill to tighten restrictions for unvaccinated individuals, leading to a swift and strong uproar in response.
His opponents have labeled the comments “unworthy” of a president.
“Even if one doesn’t share their choice, they have broken none of our country’s laws,” Marine Le Pen, Macron’s chief opponent in the upcoming election, told reporters late Tuesday. “He is continuing his policy of division, of pitting the French against one another.”
She later tweeted “A president shouldn’t say that…Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Leftist politician Jean-Luc Melanchon described the remarks as an “astonishing confession,” according to the BBC.
But Macron’s allies have defended the comments, with Stéphane Séjourné, a member of the European Parliament, arguing on Twitter that unvaccinated individuals have “bothered” the French by “forcing the rest of the population to endure restrictions.”
Debate over Macron’s bill continue into Wednesday as opponents still seek to delay its passage. Some of his supporters claimed to have received death threats because they are backing the legislation, The New York Times reported.
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