There have been doctors and nurses across the globe who have been issuing fake covid certificates to patients who will pay. Humans I’ve spoken to, including our Editors, tell me the going price used to be USD 1000 but has now dropped to just a few hundred dollars since I last scoured the web for prices.

It seems many people know about this. I will be talking about the dangers of these fake covid certificates and the different ways in which you can protect yourself from them.

The Purpose Of A Covid Certificate

A covid certificate is a document that is usually issued by the government when a person provides proof they’ve been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID.

The purpose of these certificates is to allow freedom of movement, from airplane travel to visiting crowded public places, like a movie theatre, restaurant, or shopping mall.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Candy Taylor, 633rd Medical Group medical technician, prepares a COVID-19 Vaccination appointment card at Joint Base Langley Eustis, Virginia, Jan. 8, 2021. (Ericha Fitzgerald, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons)

Many of these certificates can be created on a computer or a mobile device. However, to fake it, doctors and nurses are throwing away vaccines and entering patient information into the system for these “patients” to have a record of being vaccinated.

Why do people do this?

Doctors and health care professionals may be sympathetic to people getting around government mandates but let’s be honest. It’s turned into a source of income for many, including the mandatory tests required to travel by air. But the driving motivation is probably greed exploiting public fears about the vaccine.

People are wary of the vaccines currently available. This may be due to ever-changing government messaging about the effectiveness of the vaccines coupled with misinformation about vaccines on the internet.