This week, a seller on Amazon was found selling a set of blank Covid-19 immunization cards. Although the post has since been removed, photographs circulated online showing a 10-pack of blank cards for $12.99. In the United States, getting a Covid-19 vaccine and earning a valid immunization card is completely free.
The small white piece of cardstock given to Americans after receiving all of the required Covid-19 doses is the only legitimate way to present proof of full immunization on the spot. However, the FTC claims that those simple cards, which are easily reproduced by fraudsters, were never intended to be used to show vaccination status over time.According to recent reports, other vendors selling bogus immunization cards have appeared on Etsy, an e-commerce site specializing in handcrafted and vintage things, pro-Trump forums, and the dark web. They’re all part of a fake vaccination card black market that grew in the latter days of the pandemic in the United States and other world areas.
In April, state attorneys general took a stand on the matter, encouraging tech CEOs to intervene before the problem worsened. The National Association of Attorneys General addressed a letter to the CEOs of Twitter, Shopify, and eBay in April, demanding that they take urgent action against unscrupulous actors distributing Covid-19 falsehoods and selling phony immunization cards their platforms.