The federal government is warning of a reported increase in the fake vaccine card market.
In an interview with ABC News, the Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) suggested the agency is receiving “increasing reports of individuals creating, purchasing, and using fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.” According to the agency, the market includes fake cards from $50 to $750.
Miranda Bennett, an HHS-OIG agent in charge of health care fraud, said, “We are seeing it be widespread, and part of that is because it’s being done across social media and e-commerce, where anybody who might run into it could become a participant in it.”
The HHS-OIG suspects the increase in reports is parallel to the rise of required proof of vaccination to enter businesses, attend school, and participate in other aspects of society. In July, the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel released a statement suggesting the constitutionality of vaccine requirements.
According to the counsel, current laws do “not prohibit public or private entities from imposing vaccination requirements for a vaccine that is subject to an emergency use authorization.”
Since the Pfizer vaccine received full authorization from the FDA last week, companies and institutions are emboldened to impose vaccine mandates on employees and customers, leading to the aforementioned success of the fake vaccine card market.
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