Covid vaccination Australia. People who make and show FAKE Covid vax proof risk HUGE fines, jail time
Australians who pay for false Covid vaccination certificates face fines of up to $11,000 and even jail time under public health order change
- Updated public health order addresses trend in the use of falsified vaccination certificates
- The fine for making, selling, buying and displaying false vax documents is now $11,000
- There is also a possible prison sentence for the same offense of up to six months
Australians who attempt to falsify a Covid vaccination certificate face a huge fine and even jail time under a new public health ordinance.
NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard has signed the amendment that, effective Wednesday, will increase fines for individuals who make, buy or display false proof of vaccination status up to $11,000 and up to six months in prison.
Second violations could result in a fine of $5,500 “for each day the violation continues,” the Prime Minister’s Ministry and Cabinet confirmed to the Daily Mail Australia.
There has been a growing trade in falsified vaccine documentation in NSW since the state allowed greater freedoms for those who received a double shot from Oct. 11.
As a result, there is concern that site owners routinely receive vaccination certificates that are either forged or do not belong to the person showing the document.
The government has responded to an increase in the use of forged or stolen vaccination certificates with a sharp increase in fines – raising the maximum fine to $11,000
There is a growing trade in falsified vaccine documentation in NSW, plus concerns that people can easily falsify their own documentation using easily accessible websites
In a recent case, participants in a contest related to Jim’s Mowing encouraging individuals to share proof of their double vaccination on social media found their vax certificates on a chat platform where people were trying to buy the fakes.
Fully vaccinated marketing associate Milli Richards spent a month fending off requests from anti-vaxxers asking for help obtaining falsified vaccine documents after entering the contest.
The Queenslander has repeatedly explained in 10 TikTok videos that she is not an anti-vaxxer, already vaccinated and has no idea how to falsify vaccine passports.
NSW Police Secretary David Elliott said people who used false vaccination certificates were putting their livelihoods at risk.
“You are not only endangering your own health, but also that of your loved ones,” he said.
The image of Ms Richards posted in a Telegram showing her holding her real vaccination passport, which was claimed to be proof that fake documents work
Milli Richards (pictured) admits she made a big mistake by uploading her vaccination certificate on Instagram. Ms Richards is not involved in the sale of false vaccination records and opposes their sale
“There are very serious consequences for people who exhibit this kind of behavior.”
Mr Hazzard signed the amendment in an effort to “prohibit the provision, display or production of any information or evidence purporting to show that a person is a fully vaccinated person unless it is true and accurate”.
If the violator is fined, the maximum is $5,000. But the amendment leaves room for fines of up to $11,000 in some situations.
“A person shall not provide, display or present to another person any information or evidence, including proof of vaccination, that purports to show that the person is a fully vaccinated person, unless the information or evidence is true and accurate,” the amended clause for public health order said.
Anyone who believes their personal information has been stolen should immediately contact Crimes Stoppers at 1800 333 000.