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Woman's Alleged Bogus Vax Card Had an Easy Giveaway

It's Moderna, not 'Maderna'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2021 6:36 AM CDT
Updated Sep 4, 2021 2:24 PM CDT
Her Alleged Bogus Vax Card Had an Easy Giveaway
A nurse prepares a shot of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Matilde Campodonico)

(Newser) – Authorities in Hawaii say a tourist tried to get in with a fake vaccine card, one that had a telltale giveaway. The card misspelled Moderna as "Maderna," reports Gizmodo. After further digging, officials at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on the island of Oahu determined that 24-year-old Chloe Mrozak of suburban Chicago had received no COVID shot at all. And this isn't just a matter of being turned away as a tourist: Mrozak is being held on $2,000 bail, and she faces the possibility of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted, per KITV. Hawaii is allowing in tourists—although the governor would prefer that people stay away for a few months—but those who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine for 10 days upon arrival.

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Hawaii isn't the only state dealing with alleged vaccination fraud. Authorities on Tuesday accused a New Jersey woman of selling 250 or so fake vaccination cards via Instagram, reports NJ.com. Jasmine Clifford, under her online handle "AntiVaxMomma," allegedly sold them for $200 apiece, per the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. For an extra $250, people could have their names added to New York's immunization database by a clinic worker allegedly in on the scheme. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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