New York cracks down on fake COVID-19 vaccination cards

Those caught using a fake vaccination card could face up to a year in jail.

News 12 Staff

Dec 23, 2021, 10:44 PM

Updated 937 days ago


New York is the latest state to tighten up its COVID-19 rules as the Omicron variant continues to spread ahead of Christmas.
It began cracking down on the unvaccinated people who pretend to have gotten their shots.
Those caught using a fake vaccination card could face up to a year in jail.
On Wednesday, Gov. Kathy Hochul made it a misdemeanor to falsify COVID-19 vaccination cards.
The state also created a new felony of "third-degree computer tampering," for intentionally entering, altering, or destroying digital data related to COVID-19 vaccination status.
The new laws come as most businesses are relying on accurate vaccination status to enforce Hochul's vax-or-mask mandate.
Just this week, a former Westchester Community College assistant teacher was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument.
Mount Vernon resident Sonya Tarter Wilson is accused of using a fake vaccine card to get a full-time job at the college.
Westchester District Attorney Mimi Rocah commended Hochul saying in part of a statement:"[This] will enable law enforcement to better protect our communities against...those who seek to thwart vaccine requirements."
Her office just launched a COVID-19 Vaccination Fraud Task Force to combat these incidents.
These bills were part of a larger package that also gives schools better access to the statewide immunization database.

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