NEW YORK – Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for a crackdown on fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.
He says federal officials, including the FBI, need to stop the flow of fake cards coming from overseas.
Schumer’s demands follow a report by the Associated Press that explained how people are cheating the system, and causing concern at universities that require proof that students received the vaccine to attend classes this fall.
“Who can be that dumb? The vaccine’s free. The vaccine safe. Get the vaccine. But right now, there are these horrible people selling these cards, and too many people are looking to buy them,” said Schumer on Sunday. “The bottom line is, amidst the COVID crisis and successful efforts to get free vaccines out to the masses. There is a new surge, an unfortunate surge of counterfeit COVID cards.”
Using a fake vaccine card with an official U.S. Government logo is a federal crime that carries a possible fine and up to five years in prison, Schumer says.