Searches for “fake vaccine
card” increased after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
relaxed some restrictions for fully vaccinated people
, according to Google Trends.
changed its guidelines last week to say that people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
can safely stop wearing masks
most places indoors, such as bars and restaurants
, and outdoors. While the new guidance asks people to wear masks in crowded indoor settings such as buses, planes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless
shelters, there is no way for b
In theory, relying on the honor system should work
, but Google Trends data for the last 90 days suggests otherwise.
While people who have been vaccinated in the United States have CDC cards detailing the dates they received their shots, there are now a slew of people who have not been vaccinated who appear to be eager to obtain falsified cards.
Following the CDC's announcement on May 13, searches for "fake covid card," "fake vaccine card," and "fake covid vaccine card" all increased on Google Trends, according to Forbes. Searches for "fake covid card" and "fake covid vaccine card" increased "by 950% and 1,150%, respectively, compared to the previous 90 day time period."
The National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) wrote a letter to companies such as Twitter
, eBay, and Shopify in April
, requesting that they work to prevent people from selling fake vaccine cards on their platforms.
“The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards endanger the health
of our communities, stymie progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and violate the laws of many states,” the letter signed by 47 attorneys general states.
The letter requests that the companies monitor their platforms, remove advertisements or links to fake cards, and save information about those who sell the fraudulent cards.
Despite these efforts, card sellers continue to appear across the country. Earlier this week, a CVS employee on Long Island
, New York
, was arrested when he was discovered with 62 fake vaccine cards. The man reportedly told police
that he had taken the cards from his employer and “had sold some cards to students and was intending to share the remainder with fam.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
, the nation's top infectious disease expert, says that wearing a mask or not, fully vaccinated people have a "very, very low likelihood" of transmitting the virus.