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Maine State Police, FBI: Forging COVID-19 vaccination cards is illegal

State police warned on Facebook that people who make or sell fake vaccine cards are breaking the law, and are putting others in danger.
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Published: Apr. 1, 2021 at 9:59 AM EDT
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PORTLAND, Maine (WMTW) - Maine State Police are warning about fake COVID-19 vaccination cards. In a Facebook post, state police said people who make or buy a fake vaccination card are breaking the law, and are endangering themselves and the people around them.

Quoting an FBI press release, police said the Department of Health and Human Services, the Office of Inspector General and FBI want the public to be aware of people selling fake COVID-19 vaccination record cards or telling others to print fake cards at home.

“By misrepresenting yourself as vaccinated when entering schools, mass transit, workplaces, gyms or places of worship, you put yourself and others around you at risk of contracting COVID-19,” the post said.

COVID-19 vaccination cards are meant to give people information on the kind of vaccine they received, and when they may be able to receive a second dose.

Police also detailed how forging vaccination cards is illegal.

“[…] The unauthorized use of an official government agency’s seal (such as HHS or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) is a crime, and may be punishable under Title 18 United States Code, Section 1017, and other applicable laws,” they quoted from the press release.

That particular law states that anyone who uses a government seal without permission could be fined or spend up to five years in prison.

Maine State Police said businesses, schools, places of worship and government agencies should continue to follow CDC guidance by maintaining distance and using personal protective equipment. They also recommended not sharing photos of vaccine cards on social media to protect yourself from identity theft.

You can view the full post here.

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