COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost is warning residents not to buy vaccination cards from Twitter, eBay, or Shopify.
“Fraudulent vaccine cards simply don’t have a place in the marketplace,” Yost said. “Vaccines are more readily available across Ohio than ever before – don’t fall into a deceptive trap when you could get the real thing with less effort.”
Forty-five attorneys general from across the country are teaming up to make the public aware of the public health risks of these cards.
Legitimate vaccination cards are given by providers when they administer the vaccine. People who buy fake cards can have their own information added to the card or add it in themselves, so it appears they have been vaccinated when they have not.
Yost warns that these deceptive cards threaten the health of our communities and can slow progress in getting people protected from the virus.
The attorney generals are asking the company CEOs to:
- Monitor their platforms for ads or links selling blank or fraudulently-completed vaccination cards.
- Promptly take down ads or links that are selling cards.
- Preserve records and information about the ads and the people who were selling them.