South Carolina – South Carolina nurse accused of creating fake vaccination cards for her relatives will most probably spend years in prison if found guilty.
According to multiple reports, the registered nurse and director of nursing at a health center in Columbia has been identified as the Tammy McDonald.
Experts warn that issuing fake vaccination cards is very dangerous for everyone and this especially gets worse if new mandates are enforced in the upcoming period.
She’s accused of lying to government officials about making fake vaccination cards for relatives.
McDonald hired attorney to speak on her behalf and the attorney confirmed that McDonald has anti- vaccination beliefs. McDonald’s attorney also confirmed that his client pleaded not guilty to making one or two fake vaccination cards for her close family relatives.
In the past few months, there have been numerous cases with fake vaccination cards reported across the country, a growing issue that federal and state officials warned about. These fake vaccination cards are very similar to the ones authorized by the CDC.
“It can be difficult giving these cards however there sometimes are some very obvious things having very obvious misspellings not having the correct information that’s needed on the cards would be the two biggest tip offs,” says Dr. Brannon Traxler, Director of Public Health for the States Department of Health and Environmental Control.
The major motive making people opt for fake vaccination cards is the fear of the vaccine. These fake vaccination cards can be purchased on the black market for as little as $100.
“I think sometimes it’s just defiance not wanting to get vaccinated but also not wanting to face the repercussions, whether people who are not vaccinated have fake cards or not is less of a direct impact on case counts but certainly the more people that are out there that are not fully vaccinated the more this virus has a chance to spread,” says Traxler.
Officials say McDonald faces up to 15 years in prison for each count of producing a fake card and five years for lying to federal investigators.