Saturday, November 27, 2021

US Customs seizes shipment of counterfeit COVID vaccination cards

US Customs and Border Protection agents say they have now seized more than 121 shipments containing more than 3,000 counterfeit COVID-19 vaccine cards this year alone.

In a release, the agency said agents intercepted shipments at the port of Memphis, Tennessee, all of which are from China and bound for various US cities. The manifest usually indicates that the contents are paper or greeting cards. Inside were packs of 20, 51 or 100 counterfeit cards.

Officials say the cards also contain the logo of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with the recipient’s name and date of birth, the vaccine manufacturer, the lot number, and the date and place the shot was given. right corner. But cards contain typographical errors, incomplete words, and often misspellings, and they are always imported by a non-CDC or medical entity.

The agency says no attempt has been made to hide or hide what’s inside the package.

Proof of vaccination is required to enter more and more businesses and entertainment venues. New York City will begin phasing out its vaccine mandate for bars, restaurants and other venues this week.

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The FBI has warned the public that it is a crime to buy, sell or use counterfeit COVID-19 vaccination cards. This can be classified as an unauthorized use of an official government agency seal — such as the CDC or the US Department of Health and Human Services — and violators can face fines and up to five years in prison.

In the agency’s release, Memphis Area Port Director Michael Niepert said mocking is a waste of time and resources, noting that vaccination is free and available everywhere.

“If you don’t want to get the vaccine, it’s your decision. But don’t order fake, waste my officer’s time, break the law and misrepresent yourself,” he said.

On Sunday, US Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called on federal officials to take strong action on fake cards.

Some information for this report has been obtained from The Associated Press.

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