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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Fake Your COVID Vaccine Card In NY? That Could Come With A Year In Jailhttps://t.co/2aJdm4D4UC
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Forging coronavirus vaccination cards would be a felony in New York under a bill passed by state lawmakers today. The legislation, which aims to ensure individuals do not misrepresent their vaccination history, now heads to Gov. Cuomo. @BLaw @business https://t.co/CtFYHM1lJV
— Keshia Clukey (@KeshiaClukey) June 11, 2021