At least three batches of counterfeit COVID-19 Immunisation Cards were being transported to New Orleans during the last two weeks, according to US Customs and Border Protection agents. According to U.S. Customs spokesperson Matthew Dyman, the blank cards, which were designed to look like those given by the Centers for Disease Control, were confiscated at the port of Memphis between Aug. 4 and Aug. 10 after being transported from Shenzhen, China.
The phonies appear to be identical to CDC vaccine cards on the surface, featuring spaces for the recipient’s name, personal information, vaccine maker, and lot number. In the right corner, they even have the CDC logo. “There were typos, unfinished words and some of the Spanish verbiage on the back was misspelled,” Dyman said.
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell announced on Thursday that residents and visitors to the city’s restaurants, bars, gyms, and other indoor venues must either show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a recent negative test for entry, in response to Louisiana’s record-breaking fourth wave of infections. The city’s mandate will go into force on Monday. Officials from the federal government and municipal governments have warned against buying, selling, or using fake immunisation cards.