College students are buying fake vaccine cards to skirt admission requirements – NJ.com

Some North Carolina college students are purchasing fake vaccine cards to avoid testing and admission requirements, according to local reports. Meanwhile, the FBI is cracking down on a similar fake vaccine card scheme in Chicago.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is requiring students to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or submit to weekly testing. Duke University has a stricter policy in place, only allowing students to submit proof of COVID-19 vaccination with no alternative.

But despite the fact that obtaining a vaccine is often free, some students are reportedly paying up to $200 for fake COVID-19 vaccination cards.

“It is really disturbing the lengths that some students are willing to go to subvert the university requirements and really subvert their duty to their fellow students to keep everyone safe,” Simon Palmore, a junior at UNC, told WCNC.

In other areas of the country, the FBI has caught on to this scheme.

The FBI confirmed to CBS Chicago that it is investigating an instance where someone has been profiting off selling fake vaccine cards.

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