Opinion

Nurses Buying and Selling Fake Vaccination Cards Nationwide

By Ella Malmgren

eleanor.malmgren@spartans.ut.edu

COVID-19 vaccinations have sparked controversy since their development. While some are willing to get the vaccine and feel comfortable receiving it, others aren’t comfortable with getting it due to potential health risks and how quickly it was produced. The most recent development in the vaccination controversy is health care workers faking vaccination cards, and it’s happening in our own city. 

The requirement of getting the COVID-19 vaccine varies from hospital to hospital, and has been getting more common since the FDA’s approval of the Pfizer vaccine.

The Biden-Harris administration plans on requiring all health care professionals to get vaccinated.

“There is no question that staff, across any health care setting, who remain unvaccinated pose both direct and indirect threats to patient safety and population health. Ensuring safety and access to all patients, regardless of their entry point into the health care system, is essential,” said Xavier Becerra, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

However, some health care workers are so against getting the vaccine that they have resorted  to faking their vaccination cards in order to keep their jobs. 

According to National Public Radio, a New Jersey woman sold fake vaccination cards to health care workers trying to dodge the vaccine requirement. She sold them for $200 each, and would even input them into the New York state database for $250 more. She sold about 250 cards.

This woman, known as “AntiVaxxMomma” on Instagram and Facebook, sold these cards to health care workers in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York. 

Facebook issued a statement saying that they have removed her account and will be searching for other accounts trying to buy and sell vaccination cards.

This chaos is occurring all over the country, and Florida is no exception. 

“Allegedly they had a group of travel nurses that were all agreeing on illegally buying and selling COVID vaccine cards,” said an anonymous nursing student about a Tampa Bay hospital. 

The FBI warns that anyone caught with a fake vaccination card could be charged with a $5,000 fine or five years in prison.

Hospitals are filled with people who are at high risk of major health complications if they catch the coronavirus. Lying about your health status puts these patients at a higher risk, and could even cause death. It gives them a false sense of security, and also puts other workers in the hospital at risk.

According to Fox 43, more than 90% of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths occur to unvaccinated people. Health care workers are obligated to help patients as much as they can, and those who aren’t getting the vaccine are putting patients with immune disorders more at risk. 

Personally, I believe that if someone has a valid reason for not getting the vaccine, that’s acceptable, as long as they are upfront about it. But lying about your vaccination status is extremely dangerous, especially if you’re a health worker that is in charge of the health of others. Compromising the safety and health of others just so you don’t lose your job is completely immoral.  

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