New York Approves Stiff Penalties For Faking Vax Status

Gothamist reports:

In the coming months, showing proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will become commonplace before going into a bar, getting on a flight, or going back to school or the office.

To deter people who are vaccine-averse and might be tempted to flash fake credentials, New York lawmakers passed a bill today criminalizing the falsification of vaccine records under state law.

The state bill clarifies that falsifying a digital record of a COVID-19 vaccine constitutes computer tampering in the third degree, a class E felony that’s punishable by up to four years in prison. Make a fake paper card? That would be covered under the state’s forgery law, a class A misdemeanor. That crime could come with up to a year of jail time.

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