Mayor says City Workers who Provide Fake Vaccination Cards are Committing a Serious Crime that can Result in Jail Time
By Yehudit Garmaise
After 50 sanitation workers and an unknown number of firefighters were suspended without pay after submitting phony and stolen cards to show proof of vaccination, Mayor Bill de Blasio reminded city workers that creating fake vaccination cards is an act of fraud and a serious crime that can result in jail time.
“We are very much intensely investigating [the city workers who are suspected of submitting forged and stolen vaccination cards] through the Department of Investigation,” Mayor de Blasio said yesterday at his morning press conference.
“Anyone who is involved will be held accountable.
“It's a very serious thing.”
Some FDNY members appear to have stolen blank vaccine cards from the FDNY’s Downtown Brooklyn headquarters at 9 MetroTech Center and other locations where the department was providing vaccinations
Although up to 150 sanitation workers are suspected of allegedly buying fake vaccination cards from workers at Brooklyn and Staten Island CVS drug stores, Mayor de Blasio said yesterday that he believed that out of the city’s workforce of 400,000, only “a few dozen people” from a “couple of agencies” were involved in fraudulent vaccination card schemes.
The CVS workers involved in the scheme lied to the state by claiming that some city workers received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson shot, an insider said, however, the fraudulent paperwork became apparent when officials noticed that CVS was not distributing J & J vaccines at the time, the insider said.
“Vaccination card fraud is a major crime,” the mayor reiterated. “It comes with jail time as a potential penalty. This is not a joke.
“So, any employee who violated the law and attempted to circumvent the rules that we put forward to keep people safe, they are going to pay a very harsh price.”
COVID-19 vaccine record card. Credit: NIAID