–Health Minister warns
HEALTH Minister, Dr. Frank Anthony, has said that unvaccinated persons caught with forged COVID-19 vaccination cards will face the full force of the law.
“If you steal one of those cards then you can be charged for larceny, and there are specific penalties for that, jail terms and of course fines and so forth. And then if you change the information that is on the card, that is considered to be forgery…we have had a number of cases that have been reported to us and we have called in the police to investigate those cases,” Minister Anthony said on Wednesday.
The minister said that the ministry is working to have the issue addressed. He said there can be a lot of problems if unvaccinated persons become ill, since they are not protected.
“We are very serious about this because if somebody is unvaccinated and they pay for a card, then that can lead to separate problems because if they get sick, and they present that card, we’ll have to go back and check to see whether or not they were actually vaccinated… now if you are not vaccinated, why would you want to get a card? You’re only fooling yourself because you’re not going to be protected,” Dr. Anthony related.
The minister added that unvaccinated persons could endanger the lives of those who have received the vaccine. He said the ministry will continue to investigate reports of forged vaccination cards and persons involved in the racket will face the law.
“We can’t tolerate this kind of behavior– forgery and stealing of cards and so forth. They’ll be dealt with by the police and the courts,” Dr. Anthony asserted.
The minister urged unvaccinated persons to desist from purchasing forged cards as they have a choice whether or not to be vaccinated. (DPI)