Apr 29, 2021 - Politics & Policy

CDC urges states to remove vaccination card templates from the web

A stack of COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards from the CDC

A stack of COVID-19 Vaccination Record Cards from the CDC. Photo: Ben Hasty/MediaNews Group/Reading Eagle via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned states in recent weeks to remove templates of vaccination cards from the web due to forgery concerns, NBC News reports.

Driving the news: Posts and comments in online anti-vaccination and conspiracy forums have included instructions on how to create fake vaccination cards using the online templates.

  • Some of the instructions include guidance on how thick the cardboard paper being used should be, and how to create convincing stick-on labels, according to NBC.

The big picture: While the federal government has indicated that it won't mandate vaccine passports, many universities, colleges and businesses will likely require proof of vaccination for those returning to campuses and offices.

  • By and large, many institutions will rely on people showing their paper CDC cards as proof that they received a COVID-19 vaccine, per NBC.

What they're saying: "CDC has consistently advised states not to post the vaccine card template publicly," Kate Grusich, CDC spokesperson, said in a statement, according to NBC.

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