A bar owner in northern California has been arrested on suspicion of selling fake vaccination cards.
More than half of California’s adult population has already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. But among the residents of the “golden state,” there are also those who are ardent opponents of vaccinations against coronavirus. They say this loudly, and sometimes even not quite legally.
Along with the wine list at the San Joaquin Valley bar, visitors were also offered a COVID-19 vaccination card. The owner of the establishment made the recipe. Ingredients: pens, plastic, paper. It was prepared quickly, right in front of the visitors of the institution, among whom were police officers who made a test purchase of cards, each of which cost them $ 20.
“During the search, about 30 blank forms, lamination machines, cutting tools, and plastic were found,” said Luke Blim, a spokesman for the San Joaquin County Police Department.
The case is unprecedented, say the guards. This has never happened in the US before. The owner of the bar, Todd Anderson, was arrested. Investigators are now investigating how many cards he managed to sell. The 59-year-old man is suspected of identity theft and forgery. The district attorney is more than determined about this case.
“It is unfortunate that the people of our state are showing a blatant disregard for public health in the midst of a pandemic. The distribution, falsification, or purchase of fake COVID-19 vaccine cards is a violation of the law, thereby putting yourself and others in danger,” District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar wrote in an official statement.
However, those who categorically refuse vaccination say that the authorities have left people no choice, so they go to such offenses.
“This is what happens when you force people to do something they don’t want to do, they get out of it as best they can, for example, with fake vaccination cards,” says Sarah Stevens, one of the participants in the anti-vaccination protest. In California, those vaccinated against coronavirus are allowed by the state authorities to take tickets to concerts and other places of mass gatherings of people on a simplified scheme. Moreover, they can walk the streets without masks. European countries are even considering a plan to open their borders to vaccinated tourists. Anti-vaccination workers are outraged about this: they protest against vaccination passports and mandatory vaccination.