The United States needs a better vaccination ID.
Unlike many other countries with electronic systems, the Centers for Disease Control issues flimsy paper IDs as proof individuals have been vaccinated. The IDs are easily forged, don’t fit in a wallet and are vulnerable to wear and tear.
Ensuring people are vaccinated is an important part of trying to reduce the rate of COVID-19 infections. Many businesses, schools and government agencies now require proof of vaccination.
Chicago Public Schools teachers, staff and vendors must be vaccinated by Oct. 15 unless they have a medical or religious exemption. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that at least 675 colleges and universities require proof of inoculations. Federal workers must be vaccinated or get regular testing. Google, Facebook, Disney, Netflix, Cisco, Frontier Airlines, Walmart, Walt Disney Co., Microsoft and Tyson Foods are among the companies that now mandate vaccinations. Businesses are offering discounts and freebies to fully vaccinated people.
In short, it’s no surprise, if a bit pathetic, that there’s a growing market for counterfeit vaccine IDs among people who shun vaccinations.