Investigation underway into buying, selling fake COVID-19 vaccine cards

TULSA, Okla. — For people who don’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine, the business of fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is growing.

Everyone getting vaccinated is receiving cards to prove they’ve gotten a dose or both doses of one of the shots being distributed.

Some Oklahomans have been anxious about getting the vaccine, many willingly choosing not to get it.

However, some industries are beginning to use the vaccine cards as a way to allow or keep people out of events or police who can travel where.

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Taking a cruise, attending some sporting events or air travel could all be activities affected by whether or not someone has a vaccine card to show, creating a demand for the cards for people who don’t want to get the shot.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General, and the FBI all announced this week they’re investigating a growing trend of fake vaccine cards being made and sold online.

However, experts say that with no federal system in place to authenticate the cards, it’s nearly impossible to tell what’s real and what isn’t.

Anyone looking to report suspicious activity involving fake vaccination cards can do so by calling 1-800-HHS-TIPS.