A nurse and her two daughters face criminal charges after officials accused them of using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards to work in a New York nursing home.
Vaccination against the virus is a statewide requirement for all health care workers.
Poughkeepsie resident Antoinette Clarke, a 48-year-old nurse in a nursing home in Croton-on-Hudson Village, used fake vaccine card To keep her job while her daughters sought to work at the facility, the Westchester County District Attorney’s office said in a January 31 news release.
Djara Clark, 27, and Jagvia Clark, 22, have applied to work as nursing assistants at a nursing home and have also submitted false vaccination records to the facility, according to district attorneys.
“Vaccination counterfeiting is a serious crime. It poses a public health threat and undermines the safety of our healthcare professionals working around the clock to get us out of the pandemic,” New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said in a statement.
The press release stated that the three were brought to trial for possession of a second-degree counterfeit device on January 31.
The family is scheduled to appear in Cortlandtown Court on March 14.
Croton-on-Hudson is located north of New York City.
In upstate New York, a couple accused of using fake COVID-19 vaccine cards Enter the Buffalo Bills soccer gameMcClatchy News reported.
New York residents can “report vaccine fraud” to the state health department by calling 833-VAX-SCAM (833-829-7226) or emailing STOPVAXFRAUD@health.ny.gov.