Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city’s more than 300,000 workers should be vaccinated or tested weekly, prompting some backlash from unions, which are currently in negotiations with the mayor’s office on details of the implementation.
Law enforcement officials have done what they can to crack down on fraud. Earlier this month, a Chicago pharmacist was arrested by federal agents and responsible for the sale of 125 vaccination cards to 11 different buyers on eBay. The preceding month, a Californian naturopathic doctor has been charged with a scheme to falsely register his clients as having received the Moderna vaccine.
The New York Legislature recently passed a bill that would make falsifying immunization records a state crime. In an interview, State Senator Todd Kaminsky, one of the bill’s sponsors, said counterfeit vaccination cards were a growing threat.
“It was good forethought on our part to recognize that there would be those who would forge vaccination cards and create a danger to public health,” he said.
@Tizzyent, the TikTok user who made a video about Ms Clifford’s scheme this month, is a freelance filmmaker in Florida who asked to be identified only by his first name, Michael, as he had received threats to his videos in the past. He said in an interview that he has been fighting disinformation on social platforms for over a year.
“It’s something that is just a pet peeve,” he said.
He said he had been alerted to a number of people selling counterfeit vaccine cards on social media, but that the @AntiVaxMomma program, which she appeared to be recruiting for when he came across one of his messages, seemed particularly advanced.
“A few days ago a good friend of mine passed away from Covid,” he said. “When I see someone come up with a workaround like this that puts everyone at risk, it’s horrible to me. “
Chelsea Rose Marcius contributed reports.