CHARLESTON — West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called on Twitter, eBay and Shopify to act immediately to prevent people from selling fraudulent vaccination cards on their platforms.
The bipartisan coalition of 45 attorneys general raised concerns about public health risks posed by the fake cards in a Thursday letter to the companies’ chief executive officers. Their concern specifically notes the marketing and sale of blank or fraudulently completed cards that bear the U.S. Centers for Disease Control logo.
“We are deeply concerned about this use of your platforms to spread false and misleading information regarding COVID vaccines,” Attorney General Morrisey joined in writing. “The false and deceptive marketing and sales of fake COVID vaccine cards threatens the health of our communities, slows progress in getting our residents protected from the virus, and are a violation of the laws of many states.”
Providers give legitimate vaccination cards when they administer the vaccine.
Those 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.
In their letter, the attorneys general ask the CEOs to:
West Virginia joined the North Carolina- and Tennessee-led letter with attorneys general from Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
A copy of the letter is available at https://bit.ly/3ug5VU3.